On this day – The Kelmscott Beowulf

Beowulf opening.

The tale of Beowulf [done out of the Old English tongue by William Morris and A.J. Wyatt. Syn.4.89.374

 

The tale of Beowulf [done out of the Old English tongue by William Morris and A.J. Wyatt.] was issued #OnThisDay in 1895.

Cambridge University Library holds not only two of the published copies, but also the proof-sheets of the work, with manuscripts notes and corrections by William Morris and A.J. Wyatt [classmark Sel.3.231].

They will be one of the star items of the spectacular free exhibition, Lines of Thought, opening on March 11, and of the free iPad app produced by the Library giving readers the chance to interact with digitised copies of six of the most revolutionary texts held in its collections.

 

 

 

2 comments

  • Raymond A. Erickson

    I read Beowulf once. The version that I read is from BRITISH POETRY AND PROSE: A Book of Readings; Edited by Lieder, Lovett and Root; Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928. I recall the word BERYL being used as the hero enters the dragon’s cave. Are there any other minerals mentioned in the Old English translations?

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