9 May 2002
Rasmus Bertelsen and Lars Moller (1874-1921), printers
Kaladlit Okalluktualliait. kalâdlisut kablunâtudlo... Grönlandske Folkesagn, opskrevne og meddeelte af Indfodte, med dansk Oversaettelse.. Godthab, Greenland: Rasmus Bertelsen & Lars Moller (vols.I-II) and Lars Moller (vols.III-IV), 1859-1863. 4 volumes, 8° (199 x 126mm). Parallel titles and text in Inuit and Danish, vol.II with 1 sub-title printed in red. Inuit title to vol.I with hand-coloured wood-cut decorations, Inuit titles to vols.II-IV with wood-cut vignettes. 46 plates (12 lithographs, 34 wood-cuts by Arup of Kangeq and others [12 of these hand-coloured or colour-printed]), 2 folding lithographic and letterpress maps, 8pp. of lithographic sheet music. Later half calf gilt, gilt edges (spines slightly faded). Provenance: K.S. (initials below the figure for Capricorn, blocked in gilt on front pastedowns).
Very rare. The second of the three main titles published in Greenland at the instigation of Dr. H.J.Rink and Samuel Kleinschmidt. The first was Pokbogen published in 1859, and the third was the newspaper Atuagagdliutit (1861-1921) (see lot 101). Cf.J.C. Pilling Bibliography of the Eskimo Language (Washington: 1887) p.49 (4)
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