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The Romance of Parzival and the Holy Grail
Wolfram von Eschenbach (12th century)
Newtown, Powys: Gwasg Gregynog, 1990
The story of the knight Parzival is a medieval German romance written in Middle High German, dating from the first quarter of the thirteenth century. The story is based on Chrétien de Troyes’s “Perceval, the Story of the Grail” which in turn centers on the Arthurian hero Parzival, or Percival in English, and his quest for the Holy Grail. All of the versions emphasize the importance of humility, compassion and spirituality. Heroic acts of chivalry, inspired by true love, dominate the story. Illustrated with twelve full-page wood engravings by Stefan Mrozewski. The engravings were intended for a 1936 book, aborted by the outbreak of war. Abridged version translated by Carl Lofmark. Typeset and in 14 and 16 pt. Monotype Bembo. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper. Bound in quarter leather and red decorated boards. Edition of one hundred and ninety-five copies. University of Utah copy is no. 106.
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