New York: Pantheon Books, (1980). First Edition. Hardcover. First printing of the US edition, octavo size, 319 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #19031731
This collection of Norse myths is gathered by children's author and translator Kevin Crossley-Holland (b. 1941), best known for his historical novels in the Arthur trilogy and as well as translating the Old English epic poem "Beowulf"; here he presents numerous myths in the Norse cycle, from creation to the peak of the cycle, to death and rebirth, as the cycle and the earth continue on. Crossley-Holland presents an engaging read of these classic stories, full of love and loss, and of the beauty of the world's endurance.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter yellow cloth with grey paper boards, gilt illustration on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, yellow endpapers with descriptions of characters in Norse mythology and illustrations in black, title page with illustration in black; octavo size (9.5" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-x] xi-xli [xlii] [1-2] 3-276 . In a tan paper dust jacket with colour illustration, red and black ornaments and decorative and ruled borders, and white lettering on the front panel, red lettering and ornaments in red and black on the spine, a list of other books from the publisher on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front flap, and author photograph and bio on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $14.95 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The dust jacket is near fine, unclipped, clean with bright colours, with only light wear to the corners and slight creasing along the top edge, and one shallow crease along the length of the front flap.
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