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    George Stephens. The Old-Northern Runic Monuments Of Scandinavia And England, Now First Collected And Deciphered... London & Copenhagen: John Russell Smith & Michaelson and Tilge, [Vol. 3: Williams & Norgate, Edinburgh and H.H.J. Lynge], 1866-84. First Editions. Krown & Spellman retail: $1500. Three large folio volumes. 16 3/4 x 11". lxxx,404;[2],405-1038; viii, 508pp. 2 frontispieces, 12 colored plates at the end of volume 2 with silver and gold, numerous text cuts, folding plates etc. Half brown morocco over cloth. Spines extra gilt with runic monuments on spines. Some rubbing to extremities, affecting leather. Volume II with closed tear on tail of spine. Marbled endpapers with bookplates. Original printed paper wrappers bound-in. Some foxing, else very good uncut copies. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Stephens, George 1813-1895, runic archaeologist, "In 1866 appeared the first volume of the work on which Stephens's claim to remembrance principally rests, 'The Old Northern Runic Monuments of Scandinavia and England, now first collected and deciphered.' The second volume was published in 1868, and the third in 1884. A fourth volume is stated to have been in an advanced state of preparation at the time of his death... [It appeared in 1914.] The conscientious labour which Stephens devoted to securing accurate copies of the inscriptions is deserving of the highest praise, and as a storehouse of materials for runic studies, his work is invaluable." DNB Fiske (Cornell), Runic, 68-9.  

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