HERBERT, William. ~ Helga. A Poem. In seven Cantos. London: [T. Davison for] John Murray, 1815.
8vo (212 × 125 mm), pp. vi, , 299, , complete with advert and errata leaf, but without additional 2 pp. adverts reported in some copies. Contemporary red straight grain morocco, gilt, sides with elaborate borders, spine with four paired bands, lettered direct, two lyre tools. Extremities lightly rubbed. A handsome copy. Early inscription: ‘L. Mundell gift of Howard Vyse’.
First edition. An original narrative poem by an important linguist and translator who had been the first to introduce adequate samples of ancient Scandinavian and Icelandic literature to English readers. Byron mentions him in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809):
‘Herbert shall wield Thor’s hammer, and sometimes
In gratitude thou'lt praise his rugged rhymes’. Jackson, p. 393.