Old English Prose and Verse: An Annotated Selection With Introductions and Notes - Roger FowlerRoutledge & Kegan Paul, 1966, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. . little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is also faded. Ex-library with the first blank removed and a stamp to the reverse of the title page. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains a glossary of terms. From the cover: “The book provides students of the earliest stage of our literature with a selection of texts for a complete introductory course. All the principal poems and prose works in this literature are represented, including more generous extracts from Beowulf than are common in anthologies of this type. By omitting texts of primarily philological and historical interest it has been possible to include enough literary texts to satisfy all but the advanced student, who will follow this volume with the specialised editions available. A departure from the traditional design of Old English anthologies is the provision of full critical and annotative apparatus. In the past it has been necessary for students to go beyond their Readers, to specialised editions or to learned articles, in order to discover even the most basic information about the extracts or their content. Here each text is accompanied by an introduction which gives brief details of (where known) date, authorship, manuscript situation, character and critical interest. Line-by-line explanatory notes are also provided, and a bibliography of books and articles for further study. The glossary aims to be more explicit about form and meaning, and easier to use than those of earlier selections..”