Hisperica Famina The Garden of God; The Prologue and a Part of the Book of Days

San Francisco, CA: Privately Printed, 1974. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Oblong quarto, xxiv, [ii], 56 [iv] pp. Original quarter cloth with printed paper boards and blue cloth backstrip with paper title label. Color title page illustration, and rubricated throughout. Illustrations. Edition limited to 400 copies. Signed by translator on half title page. A study, with parallel text and translation, of the "Hisperica Famina" an enigmatic text in the language known as Hisperic Latin, the true meaning and use of which remain obscure - or at least debated - but which appears to be a composite of Hebrew, Greek, vulgar Latin, and other languages, possibly with some cryptographic purpose, and likely originating in Ireland. The translator asserts that the work is a possibly satirical account of the creation, in ancient Egyptian setting, but it is so convoluted and multi-layered as to defy easy summary. It does appear to involve humour, prophecy, the occult, and Norman history .... to name just a few of its more obvious aspects. A little bruising to the corners, boards a little dusty, all else VG+, no dustjacket (none issued). Item #40319

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