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Illuminated manuscripts of the Jónsbók

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Published by Cornell university press in Ithaca, N.Y .
Written in English


  • Jónsbók.,
  • Manuscripts, Old Norse.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Statementby Halldór Hermannsson. With thirty plates.
SeriesIslandica; an annual relating to Iceland and the Fiske Icelandic collection in Cornell university library,, vol.28
LC ClassificationsPT7103 .I7 vol. 28
The Physical Object
Pagination26 p.
Number of Pages26
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6433007M
LC Control Number42007225

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