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A Fine Tale of King Arthur's Court, Fuerth 1841

איין שין מעשה פון קיניג ארטיש הוף

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  • Lot Number 53419
  • Title (English) A Fine Tale of King Arthur's Court
  • Title (Hebrew) איין שין מעשה פון קיניג ארטיש הוף
  • Note Rare
  • City Fuerth
  • Publisher דפוס איצק בן ליב ב"ב
  • Publication Date 1781
  • Estimated Price - Low 1,000
  • Estimated Price - High 2,000

  • Item # 2389062
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Physical Description:

[56] ff., octavo, 155:95 mm., light age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in recent boards, rubbed.


Detailed Description:   

A Yiddish fiction based on previous tales regarding King Arthur Court who is a legendary king of Britain, and a central figure in the medieval literary tradition known as the Matter of Britain. In Welsh sources, Arthur is portrayed as a leader of the post-Roman Britons in battles against Anglo-Saxon invaders of Britain in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. He first appears in two early medieval historical sources, the Annales Cambriae and the Historia Brittonum, but these date to 300 years after he is supposed to have lived, and most historians who study the period do not consider him a historical figure. His name also occurs in early Welsh poetic sources such as Y Gododdin. The character developed through Welsh mythology, appearing either as a great warrior defending Britain from human and supernatural enemies or as a magical figure of folklore, sometimes associated with the Welsh other world Annwn.


Hebrew Description:




Wikipedia, Vinograd 540; Frakes, Early Yiddish Texts, 692-702