London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1913.
Hardcover. "If there is a phrase in our tongue which connotes the atmosphere of romance it is that of 'the Middle Ages.' Do but mention the words, and it is as another opening of Pandora's box. Out there streams a retinue of goodly knights...." From the dragon-slaying knight aboard its covers to the heroic tales and dramatic illustrations within, this 1913 collection of medieval myths and legends is epic indeed. Myths & Legends of the Middle Ages is the work of British historian Hélène Adeline Guerber (1859–1929), collector and popularizer of folklore and mythology, who here retells and contextualizes tales of chivalry from the Arthurian, Carolingian, Teutonic, and Scandinavian cycles. These timeworn tales come illustrated throughout in color frontispiece by Willy Pogany and 59 black-and-white plate illustrations by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Evelyn Paul, Julius Jurss, Gertrude Demain Hammond, Stella Langdale, Frank T. Merrill, Severin Nilsson, and many other illustrious artists. Monster-slaying Beowulf, trickster Reynard the Fox, star-crossed lovers Tristan and Iseult, King Arthur's Holy Grail, Round Table, and wizard Merlin, the Viking hero Ragnar Lodbrok, and many more await you--from deep in time and from the pages of this 1913 edition of Myths & Legends of the Middle Ages.
Full contents: Introduction, Beowulf, Gudrun, Reynard the Fox, The Nibelungenlied, The Langobardian Cycle, The Amelings, Dietrich von Bern, Charlemagne and His Paladins, The Sons of Aymon, Huon of Bordeaux, Titurel and the Holy Grail, Merlin, The Round Table, Tristan and Iseult, Ragnar Lodbrok, The Cid, General Survey of Romance Literature, Index to Poetical Quotations, Glossary and Index.
8 3/4" X 6". xiv, [ii], 404pp, [i], plus two pages of ads. Publisher's cloth binding with monogram PW or possibly DW, designer unknown. Bound in full near-midnight blue, with scene of mounted knight slaying a dragon in gilt to upper board, surrouned by elaborate designs in black, with elaborate filigree decoration and title banner in gilt to spine. Moderate wear to binding, with corners bumped and rubbed, small tears to head and tail of spine, and light scattered rubbing. Name of Gwendoline M. Graham to front free endpaper, dated 1916. Bookseller's ticket of James Fawn & Son to front pastedown. Front hinge stiff; rear hinge tender, with small tears to paper over hinge. Evidence of glue reinforcements. Binding remains quite firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated in color frontispiece by Willy Pogany and 59 black-and-white plate illustrations. Good. Item #8499