What's the name of this illustrated book from the early '80s...?

I believe it was published around '81 or '82. It was an illustrated book about what appeared to be vikings, or Norse-like warriors. The panels were bordered with intricate Celtic designs. I believe the artist was actually of some renown, and the illustrations were like high-end comic book art. 

I remember the cover had a helmeted warrior with long red hair, holding a sword overhead. I think it was called "The Book of" something, but I can't remember the last word. I thought it was "Stories" or "Legends," but multiple google searches have proven useless. 

As a kid in the late 70s and early 80s I was heavily into drawing. My mom had this book, which I wasn't supposed to read because it featured nudity, but I was fascinated by the bold, colorful artwork and the images of heavily muscled warriors and scantily clad women. I actually have no idea what the story was about, I was just taken by the artwork. I would spend hours tracing images from it on typing paper using a light-up drawing board. I'd love to find this book again.

Thanks in advance for any help.


@ Voelven -II'm familiar with Vallejo and Frazetta's work. It's neither of them. Thanks for trying, though. :)

Update 2:

Found it! It's called "The Book of Conquests," originally published in 1978.


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  • 1 month ago

    I'm no familiar with the book you describe, but the artwork and time frame sounds reminiscent of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, maybe this helps?

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