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Peer Gynt by  Henrik Ibsen - Hardcover - 1936 - from Blind Horse Books [ABAA - FABA] and Biblio.com

Peer Gynt

by Ibsen, Henrik

Condition: Very Good/Very Good


London: George G. Harrap & Co, 1936. Book. Illus. by Arthur Rackham. Very Good. Hardcover. First (British) Printing of this Edition. --- Illustrated with 12 coloured plates with titled tissue-guards and 38 line drawings by Arthur Rackham.--------From the translation of R. Farquharson Sharp his translation is an improvement over former ones because he refused the temptation of retaining the rhymed verse of the original. He has instead chose unrhymed verse in Ibsen's original meter in an attempt to capture the literal meaning. ---- Publisher's gilt-pictorial burnt-orange cloth covered boards with stamped gilt titles and emblem on front with gilt spine titles; brown and white illustrated endpapers; Bindings square and firm. Text clean and bright. Light shelf wear a touch of rub corners and lower spine tip. Scarce pictorial dust jacket, price-clipped, minor edgewear, slightly shorter than volume. Protected in Mylar sleeve. 10 inches tall. 256 pages. ---- REF: Briggs 74.

Henrik Ibsen was born of well-to-do parents at Skien, a small Norwegian coastal town, on March 20, 1828. In 1836 his father went bankrupt, and the family was reduced to near poverty. At the age of fifteen, he was apprenticed to an apothecary in Grimstad. In 1850 Ibsen ventured to Christiania — present-day Oslo — as a student, with the hope of becoming a doctor. On the strength of his first two plays he was appointed “theater-poet” to the new Bergen National Theater, where he wrote five conventional romantic and historical dramas and absorbed the elements of his craft. In 1857 he was called to the directorship of the financially unsound Christiania Norwegian Theater, which failed in 1862. In 1864, exhausted and enraged by the frustration of his efforts toward a national drama and theater, he quit Norway for what became twenty-seven years of voluntary exile abroad. In Italy he wrote the volcanic Brand (1866), which made his reputation and secured him a poet’s stipend from the government. Its companion piece, the phantasmagoric Peer Gynt , followed in 1867, then the immense double play, Emperor and Galilean (1873), expressing his philosophy of civilization. Meanwhile, having moved to Germany, Ibsen had been searching for a new style. With The Pillars of Society he found it; this became the first of twelve plays, appearing at two-year intervals, that confirmed his international standing as the foremost dramatist of his age. In 1900 Ibsen suffered the first of several strokes that incapacitated him. He died in Oslo on May 23, 1906.


  • Bookseller: Blind Horse Books [ABAA - FABA] US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 001538
  • Title: Peer Gynt
  • Author: Ibsen, Henrik
  • Illustrator: Arthur Rackham
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: Very Good
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1936
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