Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1902.
First Edition. Hardcover. Set out for lands unknown with this 1902 retelling of the life of the Norse explorer Leif Erikson (c. 970 – c. 1020), son of Erik the Red and thought to be the first European to set foot on North American soil. Author Ottilie Adelina Liljencrantz (1876-1910) was an American-born daughter of Sweden whose longing to "trace [her] descent to some renowned Viking" manifested in her Norse-inspired novels like this one, which is illustrated in a color frontispiece and twenty-one elaborate chapter initials by premier illustrators of the turn-of-the-century, Troy and Margaret West Kinney. Chapters titles include: "Where Wolves Thrive Better than Lambs," "The Ire of a Shield-Maiden," "The Witch's Den," "The Wooing of Helga," "The Song of Smiting Steel," and more.
8 1/4" X 5 1/2". 354pp. Red cloth over boards, with Viking warrior and shield-maiden stamped in black and white to upper board, with Norse dragons stamped in black to upper board and small ship in kind to spine, both lettered in black. Moderate edgewear to binding, with extremities bumped and rubbed and scattered rubbing to boards. Initials to front free endpaper. Rear hinge a touch tender. Binding is firm and sound. Occasional spot of soiling or foxing to pages, else unmarked. Illustrated in color frontispiece and elaborate, black-and-white scenic initials for each chapter. Very good. Item #5788