The Story of Burnt Njal or Life in Iceland at the End of the Tenth Century

By: Dasent, George Webbe

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Book Condition: Very Good


The English translation of the Icelandic Njal Saga, which was written down in its present form by the year 1200 AD. The first 200+ pages provide a historical background and description of the culture, government, religion, customs, etc. of the Icelandic Northmen (volume I). The remainder of the work contains the Saga, which was an oral tradition of even remoter antiquity. Njal (ca. 930-1011) was burnt alive in his home, one of the last in a series of man-slayings, the result of an Icelandic vendetta, or blood feud.

Bound in quarter-leather with brown cloth covers and gilt lettering/ruling along with raised bands on the spines. There is moderate external rubbing and wear, concentrated at the edges. The binding is solid. There are library pockets and bookplates on the pastedowns. Evidently they were never checked out; so unused. The pages show mild age toning and scattered foxing/tide marking. 91-page index. Appendix on the Vikings, Queen Gunnhillda, and 10th-century economics and money. Illustrated with folding engraved maps & plans and 4 engraved plates (1 double-page). First Edition, First Printing. Ref: Horn p 52 # 778

Title: The Story of Burnt Njal or Life in Iceland at the End of the Tenth Century

Author Name: Dasent, George Webbe

Categories: 19th CENTURY LITERATURE and WORKS, 18th CENTURY and EARILER WORKS, FAIRY TALES, FANTASY, MYTHOLOGY & FOLKTALES, HISTORY OF IDEAS,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: Edinburgh, Scotland, Edmonston and Douglas: 1861

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: None Issued

Type: Book

Seller ID: 007518

Keywords: Iceland; Vikings; Northmen,