Almanak (Published by O. S. Thorgeirsson, Winnipeg, Manitoba) - Nearly complete set of 58 of 59 annual volumes, 1895 - 1954 [Transl: Almanac]

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PUBLISHER: Winnipeg : O. S. Thorgeirsson, [1895-1954]. DESCRIPTION: Nearly complete set of this important Icelandic-Canadian annual publications.containing 58 of 59 volumes spanning the years 1895-1954. The volume for 1897 is the only volume wanting. Most volumes are in Very Good or better condition, with the following exceptions: cloth binding of hardcover volume containing 6 annual issues/volumes of this journal has front hinge starting, rear hinge cracked, else VG; vol for 1898 originally in wraps is wanting front panel of wraps and rear panel is chipped with some advertising text only wanting; a paper over boards hardcover volume containing vols. of this journal for 1899 and 1901 has smalll hole to backstrip not affecting text; vol. for 1905 has small chip to front panel of wraps not affecting text plus two closed tears; text block is free from wraps in vol for 1906, paper covers (wraps) wanting for 1908 vol.; front joint to vol for 1925 split along 1/3 of its length; paper-over-boards hardcover containing vols 1930-32 has cracked front hinge and some marbled paper wanting from rear board. Still, this set is still in remarkably nice condition given the age and number of items - on the whole clean and bright. In total some 20 volumes of the original journal have been rebound in hardcover, sometimes with covers removed from the journal in the binding process. Dimensions are 20 cm. for most volumes. On the average, the volumes contain about 150 pages. SUBJECTS/CONTENTS/SIGNIFICANCE: One of the first flagship publications of the Icelandic community in North America. Stefan Einarson, in History of Icelandic Prose Writers, states on p. 236. "Of utmost importance for the history of Icelandic settlements in [North] America is Almanak Olafs S. Thorgeirssonar [the Almanak offered here], containing, as it does, since 1899 contributions towards the history of the various [Icelandic] settlements". W. Kristjanson, in The Icelandic People in Manitoba, states that "A most impressive contribution to the Icelandic people in [North] America is contained in the Almanak of O. S. Thorgeirsson, published annually 1895-1956. For forty years in Thorgeirsson's lifetime, and continued by Richard Beck, was accumulted issue by issue historical and biographical material which takes in virtually all the Icelandic settlements in [North] America" He adds that "able writers" contributed to the Almanak. In the 1954 volume, Dr. Beck includes his own article on poet Stephan G. Stephansson, for example. Beginning in 1897, the Almanac lists deaths among the Icelandic settlers; from 1899 it also features articles on individual prominent members of the Icelandic-Canadian and American commuities and articles on the various communities themselves. FREQUENCY: Annual. NOTES: Text in Icelandic language only. Referenced in the definitive bibliography by Olafur Hjartar, Vesturheimsprent, at pages 9 and 73. Rare in nearly complete set. N° de réf. du libraire 35185

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