Hedda Gabler; Bygmester Solness; Lille Eyolf; John Gabriel Borkman.Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 1882-96 Stock Code: 141112
A beautiful set in the richly gilt original clothFirst editions of five of Ibsen's plays - An Enemy of the People, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, and John Gabriel Borkman - all in the publisher's decorative cloth.
Printing and the Mind of Man, which singles out Hedda Gabler as "possibly his most frequently performed play in the modern theatre", also makes mention of An Enemy of the People, The Master Builder, and John Gabriel Borkman (all represented here), and considers Ibsen's whole theatrical oeuvre canonical. "Ibsen's influence on the whole course of modern drama may be indicated by the inclusion of his plays in the repertoire of every avant-garde theatre of his day - the Theatre Libre, Paris, 1887, Die Freie Buhne in Berlin, 1887, and The Independent Theatre in London, 1891 - and although on every occasion that they were produced audience reaction was largely a mixture of protest and bewilderment, Ibsen's revolutionary technique has now become firmly established" (PMM).
Under the illusion that it was necessary for copyright protection, Ibsen had a handful of copies of Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, and John Gabriel Borkman printed in London just preceding their publication by Gyldendal.
5 works, octavo. Original cloth in various colours, spines and front covers elaborately lettered and decorated in gilt and black, publisher's device within decorative frame to rear covers in blind, patterned endpapers, edges gilt, silk book markers in all but Hedda Gabler.
Neat ink ownership signatures to title page of En folkefiende ("Inga Lie") and initial blank of Lille Eyolf ("?Odin Brun"). Spines very slightly sunned, extremities rubbed, ends and corners bruised, gilt and cloth bright with just a few faint marks, front inner hinge of En folkefiende cracked but remaining firm, contents crisp and clean. An excellent set.
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