Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition. Illustrations Edited with an Afterword by John D. Niles. New York: Norton & Co, 2000. First Edition. Pp xxvii, 260. With 80 photographs in colour &, 41 in black & white. Large wrappers. A fine copy.
Signed by Seamus Heaney & inscribed by publisher Peter Fallon on title-page.
John D. Niles, a specialist in Old English literature, provides visual counterparts to Heaney's remarkable translation of the classic Anglo-Saxon poem. More than one hundred full-page illustrations―Viking warships, chain mail, lyres, spearheads, even a reconstruction of the Great Hall―make visible Beowulf's world and the elemental themes of his story.