Complete first editions of this collection of English translations of the great Icelandic sagas, many of which are the primary sources of stories from Norse mythology.<br />
THE SAGA LIBRARY
"Blood fell over the ears of the singer a-fighting, / When the bane of the battle-tent drew near at hand, / And the doom-hall of dooms whence the spoken word falleth / With the red blood moreover was full in the fight."
Morris's love for these tales and histories compelled him to provide English-speaking readers better access to the Old Northern tradition in an ambitious collaboration with his Old Norse teacher. The volumes include the first editions in English of HOWARD THE HALT, HEN THORIR, and THE STORY OF THE ERE-DWELLERS, as well as the sagas of THE BANDED MEN and THE HEIMSKRINGLA. A characteristically beautiful production from Arts and Crafts artist William Morris of Old Scandinavian texts in early English translations, scarce complete.
London: Bernard Quaritch, 1891-1895, 1905. Six octavo volumes. 7.5'' x 5.25'' each. Original quarter green morocco, green cloth boards, spines and front boards lettered, ruled, and stamped with leaf designs in gilt. Top edges gilt, all other edges uncut, text block partially unopened. Five full-page maps, one large folding map in rear pocket of volume III, fourteen folding genealogical tables at rear of volume VI, and extensive notes, appendices and indices. xlviii, , 227, ; liv, 410, ; , 410; , 484; , 505, ; xcii, 515,  pages. Bookseller ticket of Alan Hancox, Cheltenham, to front pastedown of volume I. Spines uniformly toned to brown, offsetting and some foxing to endpapers, expert restoration to spines.
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