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    Morris, William. The Story Of Sigurd The Volsung And The Fall Of The Niblungs. London: Ellis and White, 1877. 4to. viii,392pp. Full crimson morocco, gilt with center laurel wreath n front cover, binding damaged by fire and rubbed at the edges; t.e.g.; bookplates of Rev H.G. Jebb, and Geo. Evelyn Cower; contemporary Saturday Review discussing this work loosely laid-in. First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $200.00

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    "Morris himself thought it his highest, if not his best, work in poetry. In it the influence of the north is seen at its height, and for the time has expelled, or driven below the surface, his romantic mediaevalism and all traces of the Chaucerian manner. Here as elsewhere he owed little to English predecessors or contemporaries. His inspiration was drawn directly from the northern epics of the tenth to twelfth centuries, where it did not derive from models still more ancient and more universal; and the Sigurd is at once the most largely and powerfully modelled of all Morris's poetical works, and the poem which approximates most nearly to the Homeric spirit and manner of all European poems since the Iliad and Odyssey."

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