Hafni�:: Sumtibus Legati Magn�ani et Gyldendalii, 1787.. [Part 1 of 3; missing Pars II & Pars III] 4to. xlvii, , xxviii, 722,  pp. Half title vignette engraved by Clemens showing a bust sculpture named Arnas, head and tail piece(s), column text in ancient Icelandic and Latin, appendix, glossary, index, 2 engraved plates being facsimiles of fragments of the Codex Regius, by Johan Gottlieb Fridrich (1742-1809); minor foxing mostly at preliminaries, bit of offsetting from ribbon bookmark. Original marbled boards with newer brown cloth re-backing; rubbed, calf corners worn (boards showing), white lettering on foot of spine, inner hinges reinforces with white cloth tape. Blind embossed stamps on first and last few leaves, including titles. Very good. FIRST EDITION reproduction, along with the Latin, of the most famous of the Scandinavian sagas. The poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems primarily preserved in the Icelandic mediaeval manuscript Codex Regius, discovered in 1643. The codex contains 45 vellum leaves and contained a further 8 missing leaves. Written in archaic Icelandic, it dates from the 10th-11th centuries, and in fact are only fragments of longer pieces recounting mythical and religious legends of early Scandinavian civilization. � At that time of discovery, versions of the Prose Edda were well known in Iceland, but scholars speculated that there once was another Edda�an Elder Edda�which contained the pagan poems Snorri quotes in his book. When the Codex Regius was discovered, this speculation seemed correct. The manuscript was attributed to S�mundr the Learned, a larger-than-life 12th century Icelandic priest. While this attribution is rejected by modern scholars, the name S�mundar Edda is still associated with Poetic Edda. � Codex Regius was gifted to King Frederick III of Denmark in 1662 (hence it name, �King�s Book�), by its� then possessor, Brynj�lfur Sveinsson, Bishop of Sk�lholt. It was kept in the Royal Library in Copenhagen until April 21 1971, when it was brought back to its land of origin and is now kept in the �rni Magn�sson Institute. REFERENCES: Graesse, Tr�sor de Livres Rares, II, 461. FULL TITLE: EDDA SAEMUNDAR Hinns Fr�da. Edda Rhythmica seu Antiquior, Vulgo Saemundina Dicta. Pars 1. Odas Mythologicas, a Resenio Non Editas, Continens. Ex Codice Bibliothecae Regiae Hafniensis Pergameno, nec non Diversis Legati Arna-Magnaeani et Aliorum Membraneis Chartaceisque Melioris Notae Manuscriptis. Cum Interretatione Latina, Lectionibus Variis, Notis, Glossario Vocum et Indice Rerum. (Inventory #: LV2125)
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