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Purchase of an Early Ibsen Translation

We have bought the first English translation of Henrik Ibsen’s "Emperor and Galilean— which also happens to be the first-ever published English translation of an Ibsen play!

Photo of the only edition of Ibsen's "Emperor and Galilean" by a female translator.

The library at the Centre for Ibsen Studies recently acquired a copy of Ibsen's "Emperor and Galilean" in good condition with the original cloth binding including decorative elements in black on the front and back covers. The book also contains a bookplate identifying Odd Syse as the previous owner.

The first English translation

The first English translation of Henrik Ibsen’s "Emperor and Galilean" — which also happens to be the first-ever published English translation of an Ibsen play — was published by Samuel Tinsley in London in 1876. The exact title of this translation is "The Emperor and the Galilean: A Drama in Two Parts". It was translated by Catherine Ray.

We are pleased to be able to make this unusual book available to researchers and students! Come by and take a look!

New book acquisistion

You will find more information about this and other new book acquisitions at New books in the Library - Centre for Ibsen Studies.

 

Tags: Kejser og Galilæer, Henrik Ibsen, Catherine Ray, Emperor and Galilean, 1. edition, translation, Library
Published Sep. 13, 2021 2:25 PM - Last modified Dec. 14, 2021 3:50 PM