Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen (The Heritage Press)


Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1943. The Heritage Press. Beautifully Illustrated throughout.

Slipcase in poor condition.

Introduction and translation by William and Charles Archer. Illustrations by Per Krohg.

is a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, loosely based on the fairy tale Per Gynt and is the most widely performed of all Norwegian plays. According to Klaus Van Den Berg, the “cinematic script blends poetry with social satire and realistic scenes with surreal ones”. Peer Gynt has also been described as the story of a life based on procrastination and avoidance. A first edition of 1,250 copies was published on 14 November 1867 in Copenhagen. Despite having swiftly sold out, a re-print of 2,000 copies, which followed after only 14 days, didn’t sell out until seven years later.

Spine faded by sunlight, some light foxing.  Slipcase broken, though no pieces are missing, needs repair.