RASK, Rasmus Kristian.

Vejledning til det Islandske eller gamle Nordiske Sprog.

Copenhagen: Trykt pa Hofboghandler Schubothes Forlag, hos J. R. Thiele, 1811 Stock Code: 112682
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First edition, a rare interleaved copy owned by Swedish philologist Sven Hylander (1797-1825) with his comments and additions to the work. Hylander was lecturer at the University of Lund and studied Icelandic manuscripts. The famous Swedish poet Esaias Tegner, who was a lecturer in Greek at Lund, wrote an elegy for Hylander on his early death in 1825, the same year as Tegner published his epic Icelandic-inspired poem Frithjof's Saga to broad international acclaim.

Rask's "'Guide to the Icelandic or old Nordic Language' was the first of an important series of publications which qualify Rask as one of the founder of the modern science of language. The interest that his writings aroused in the ancient Scandinavian tongues directed attention to their literature. He was the first to study the ancient Nordic languages systematically" (PMM). This copy, interleaved and annotated by a next-generation scholar in the same field, makes for a compelling emblem of Rask's influence.

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Small octavo (172 x 106 mm). Contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards, spine in compartments with gilt rules, gilt-lettered tan title label. Interleaved.


Ownership inscription "1814 af C.G.B." and "S. Hylander 1820" to front pastedown. Superficially starting at joints but on the whole the binding very sound, rubbing to extremities, small chip to title label, internally tanned and spotted in plates, still a very good copy indeed.


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