ARCADIA BOREALIS. Selected poems of E.A. Karlfeldt.
Edition: First printing, a limited edition.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, (1938). Hardcover first edition - The only book by this Swedish poet, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature posthumously in 1931, to appear in English. This includes a selection of poems from the 6 volumes published during his lifetime and one published in 1934, translated and with an introduction by Charles Wharton Stork. In his introduction, Stork notes, that like the American poet Robert Frost, to whom he dedicated this book, Karlfeldt "did not merely look at nature, he shared actively in the life of the soil. He knew what it was to be a farmer, a miner, a hunter . . . . He mixed with the toilers as one of their own stock, he danced with them in the open air at their Midsummer Night revels. It was thus that he always remained in spirit a northern Arcadian.Ó Copy no. 388 of "an edition limited to five hundred copies printed on Fiemish book paper ... by the Colwell Press, Inc., Minneapolis. The illustrations are from watercolors by Hilma Berglund." An attractively designed and produced book with six full page illustrations by Berglund in the primary colors - red, blue and yellow- and a small decoration on the facing title page reproduced on the front cover. Blue endpapers and blue tinting to the top and fore-edge of the textblock. viii, 145 pp. plus colophon.
Condition: Near fine in beige cloth with blue lettering on the spine (some toning to the cloth on the spine, a bit of sunning to the edges of the endpaper, but an attractive, tight and clean copy)