(New York: Random House, 1932). 345 x 265 mm. (13 1/2 x 10 1/2"). 2 p.l., 145,  pp.Translated by William Ellery Leonard. No. 563 OF 950 COPIES signed with the artist's thumb print.
Publisher's black and white linen, upper cover with Kent's stylized profile of a warrior stamped in white, smooth spine with white titling. WITH EIGHT LITHOGRAPHS BY ROCKWELL KENT. Printed in red and black in Hammer Uncial type. A little soiling to spine and head of front board, shallow chips to head and tail of spine with a bit of fraying, three-inch split to the middle of rear joint, with a small chip, corners rubbed to boards, leaves a touch yellowed at edges, otherwise an excellent copy internally, clean, fresh, and bright.
A painter and illustrator with transcendentalist and mystical tendencies, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) spent much of his career living in, visiting, and producing images of rural or remote locations. His paintings of Maine, Alaska, Newfoundland, and Tierra del Fuego helped established a reputation sufficient to encourage the publisher R. R. Donnelley to approach Kent in 1926 with the request to illustrate "Two Years at the Mast." Kent suggested "Moby Dick" and the publisher agreed; this led to other work in book illustration, including the present work. "Beowulf," perhaps the oldest epic poem as well as one of the most important works in Old English literature, comes to life with Kent's striking images. The translation, by poet and scholar William Ellery Leonard (1876-1944), was first published in 1923 as "Beowulf: A New Verse Translation for Fireside and Class Room," and reissued here. (CMH1809)
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