Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sin-leqi-unninni Version. John Gardner, John Maier.
Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sin-leqi-unninni Version
Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sin-leqi-unninni Version
Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sin-leqi-unninni Version
Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sin-leqi-unninni Version
Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sin-leqi-unninni Version

Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sin-leqi-unninni Version

ISBN: 0394537718
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1984. First Edition. Hardcover. "The story of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest recorded legends known to man: fragments of the earliest version date back to a time not much later than the invention of true writing- about 3000 B.C. Discovered in the ruins of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) just over a century ago, Gilgamesh- an epic poem written on clay tablets in a complex cuneiform alphabet- has since taken its place next to Beowulf and the Iliad and the Odyssey, its story as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and place in which it was written. John Gardner's intense interest in legend, myth, and epic was evident in virtually all his work...(in 1976) Gardner began his collaboration with John Maier on a translation geared to the non-specialist reader...Gardner and Maier chose to work from the "standard" version...composed sometime between 1600 and 1000 B.C. by the exorcist-priest Sin-leqi-unnini." (from front flap) The ancient epic of Gilgamesh, a cornerstone of human mythology & civilization, dynamically translated by John Gardner (1933-1982), the brilliant & prolific novelist, essayist, critic & academician who died tragically in a motorcycle accident at the age of only 49, just after finishing his work on this posthumous production. With the co-translatorship, introduction & extensive annotations of the noted professor-scholar John Maier; & the assistance of religious authority Richard Henshaw. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $18.95 price printed on front flap, "10/84" on rear flap), first edition as stated on copyright page. A great & collectible work of literary-historical scholarship that unlocks this key text for modern lay readers. See also our first edition classic Gardner novels- item No.s 4473, 4511, 4586, 4616 & 4645. Book in fine condition with moderate sunning, rubbing to front & rear grey-colored paper boards esp. at blank upper margins, edges & corners (red-cloth spine, gilt letters thereon & on front board bright & pristine); moderate spotting to upper edge of text block; much less to side & lower edges of same (the former untrimmed as issued); red felt-tip remainder mark at lower edge of text block at/ nearest spine. Interior very fine with only light, sparse spotting to blank paste-downs & endpapers; miniscule bleeding of spots noted above onto side edges of a few page leaves. Dust jacket fine with mild rubbing, faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; very light wear, mild rubbing & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same & flaps. Fine / Fine. [Item #4690]

Price: $60.00