1910 The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie
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Colour Plates, First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition, second impression, published only the month after the first impression.
Illustrated with a tipped-in colour frontispiece, and thirty-three tipped-in colour plates.
The first two of Richard Wagner's four epic music dramas, the series being titled 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', or 'The Ring of the Nibelung', or simply the 'Ring Cycle'.
These dramas are loosely based on characters from Norse mythology and the Nibelungenlied, revolving around a magical ring, that grants the wearer the power to rule the world. It is said that the ring was forged by the Nibelung dwarf Alberich from gold that he stole from the River Rhine's maidens.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Rackham was a book illustrator who illustrated editions of 'The Ingoldsby Legends', 'The Wind in the Willows', 'Grimm's Fairy Tales', and 'Gulliver's Travels', as well as contributing frequently to periodicals. He is considered to be one of the leaders of the 'Golden Age' of book illustrations.
Translated from German to English by Margaret Armour, a Scottish translator, poet, and novelist. She also translated worked by Gustav Legerlotz and Heinrich Heine.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, smart. Very light bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Very minor rubbing and a few small marks to the boards and spine. Spine is a little faded. Light spots to the fore edge. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with some spots. Discolouration to the margin of page 15 to 22, including to the plate facing page 16.
Very Good Indeed
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