New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1977. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Octavo. 5.5 x 8.5 in. xxi, 40 pp. Near fine in original green cloth and near fine illustrated dust jacket. Item #442
Inscribed by Borroff on title page. Pearl is the first of four poems which make up the contents of a late fourteenth-century manuscript and are found only there. The words, well preserved transcriptions throughout England, are not attributed to any one, or particular, poet. It is not known that one poet wrote these four poems, another of which (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) was also interpreted by Borroff. From Introduction: "Whoever and whatever this man was, he was a devout Christian at the time when the Christian Church was also the Catholic Church."