Beowulf - Translated into verse by William Ellery Leonard
Illustrated by Lynd Ward
Published by The Heritage Press, New York in 1952
Signed Custom Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in morocco leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with a beautiful spine treatment of the title in gold gilt surrounded by different gold gilt stars in various sizes with a decorative treatment at the head and heel of the spine. There are hand-sewn silk endbands, marbled endpapers, with the top page edges gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Lynd Ward’s illustrations first appeared in the Limited Edition Club edition of Beowulf in 1952. This is the Heritage Press, New York edition published in the same year that contains all sixteen Lynd Ward illustrations from the original edition including the stunning color frontispiece. Penguin Classics in describing the book wrote: “Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. It tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland. Through its blend of myth and history, Beowulf vividly evokes a twilight world in which men and supernatural forces live side by side. And it celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in a transient world.”
Measures approximately 10.5” x 7.5” with 120 pages.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of the great works of literature.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.