London: John Russell Smith, 1861. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Original dark green cloth with pressed pattern on the boards. Lettered in gilt on the spine. Some minor staining to the front board. Early previous owning signature to the half-title. Small dent to the lower portion of the spine. The book remains very solid and tight. This work does concentrate on the origins of the Beowulf story, but also explores other legends which emanated from the Scyldings of Northumbria.