The Master Builder.
Translated from the Norwegian by Edmund Gosse & William Archer.London: William Heinemann, 1893 Stock Code: 146144
First edition in English, originally published as Bygmester Solness in 1892. The translators and critics Gosse (1849-1928) and Archer (1856-1924) were among the first English writers to recognize Ibsen's talent. "Gosse became one of the most prolific and powerful writers of his time", while Archer's "pioneering advocacy of Ibsen in England cannot be underestimated " (ODNB).
It premiered in England at the Trafalgar Theatre, London in February 1893, following its world premiere in Berlin the previous month.
Octavo. Original quarter green boards with green sides, titles to spine in and front board in green, edges untrimmed.
Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard.
Spine cocked, light rubbing to extremities, head of spine frayed and small closed tear to foot, some marks to rear cover, paper flaw to last advert, light spotting to a couple of pages, otherwise bright. A very good copy.
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