THE RING OF THE NIBLUNG
a Trilogy with a prelude by Richard Wagner.
Translated into English by Margaret Armour with
illustrations by Arthur Rackham
PUBLISHED: London: William Heinemann Ltd 1939
4to., First Edition, original black lettered blue cloth in its
pictorial dust wrapper, small white blemish on upper cover
otherwise fine, small chips & wear to edges of dust wrapper
with 6 very small tape re-enforcers to edges, pp. viii + 182,
illustrated by Arthur Rackham with pictorial endpapers, 24 full
page colour plates plus vignette chapter headings and tail
pieces, one mark to front pictorial endpapers, a hint of
occasional spotting, overall a very good copy very
hard to find in dust wrapper.
Richard Wagner, well-known composer & musician of the
1800's, spent 26 years from the age of 35 until he was 61,
writing the text and composing the music for a four-part
music-drama, Der Ring des Niebelungen (The Ring of the
Niblung) which was first performed in 1876. The work is based
on Norse and German mythology and the characters
include gods, half-gods, nymphs, dwarves and giants.
Humans do not appear on the scene until the second
part of the music-drama which is Die Walkure
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