New York: United States Book Company, 1891. First American edition. 8vo. , 272,  pp. + 6 pp. advertisements. Original green quarter cloth over light green cloth boards, spine stamped in gilt, upper cover stamped in green (spine leaning, front board nicked, trifle wear at spine ends, minor toning or spotting to text, other shelf-wear). In very good unsophisticated condition, with early ownership inscription of Edward Grun (?) dated "August, 1891" (i.e. in the year of publication). No ugly markings or stamps whatsoever, NOT ex-library! Item #3302
First American Edition (published in the same year as the first English) of one of the great classics of dramatic literature in any language, of any era. It remains one of the defining theatrical works of the late 19th century, and introduces what has been described as "the first truly developed neurotic female protagonists." Ibsen does not pass judgment on his heroine: he simply paints her full-length portrait with scientific impassivity. This extraordinary book is simply not forgettable.
According to Gosse's note on p.  dated Dec. 12, 1890: "This, the sole authorized English translation [...] is issued simultaneously with the publication of the original in Copenhagen [...]."
Our copy is completely unspoiled, and is suitable for exhibition and study.
PMM 375 (the 1890 Copenhagen edition).