New York: Brentano's, [ca. 1911]. Octavo. Half dark blue morocco with blue cloth boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, upper marbled endpapers, upper edge gilt. 1f. (half-title), 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents),  pp.
With numerous illustrations (in black, black and red, and colour) by Willy Pogány throughout, some full-page, some tipped-in; text within decorative red floral borders.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; spine slightly darkened. Slight browning; some offsetting to blank leaves.
Tannhäuser was first performed at the Hoftheater in Dresden on October 19, 1845.
Hungarian-born illustrator Willy Pogány (1882-1955) was especially known for his pen and ink drawings illustrating myths and fables. Tannhäuser was one of a "quartet of masterpieces" produced in London: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1910), Tannhäuser (1911), Parsifal (1912), and Lohengrin (1913). "Each of these [was] designed and executed completely by Pogány, from the covers and endpapers to the hand-calligraphed text to the pen & ink, pencil, wash, color and tipped-in color plates." Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.: "Illustrators," in JVJ Publishing online
Thomas William Hazen Rolleston (1857-1920) was an Irish writer, poet, and translator. In 1911, he wrote Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race to revive what he perceived to be a waning appreciation of Celtic heritage. After a stint in Germany, he also became interested in the mythology behind Wagner's Ring cycle. Item #23116
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