Reykjavik, Iceland, Bokautgafan Heimskringla, 1938. 1st edition. Wraps. pp. 332.8vo,,,Laxness (1902-1998, birth name Halldor Gudjonsson) was perhaps the pre-eminent Icelandic novelist of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1955 and, due to his fervent socialism, the Stalin International Award in 1949. He wrote a series of epic novels which explored the reality of Icelandic life, past and present, and generally rejuvenated Icelandic literature. This title, along with the other three, have been translated into English, and other languages. A first edition, in the author's native tongue, is remarkably scarce. Our copy is bound in the original undistinguished paper wraps. The spine is slanted and wrinkled. The covers are worn and turned at the edges, with light general soiling. Small oval sticker at the top of the front cover. Ink inscription (in Icelandic) on half-title page. Binding splitting between pp. 240/241, else clean and tight. A good copy, notwithstanding. The second part of Laxness' famous tetrology 'Heimsljos' or 'The Light of the World'. The text is in Icelandic.
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