[trans. MEYER, Michael] IBSEN, Henrik

The Plays Of Ibsen

London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1960-3

Nine vols., small 8vo. Original blue boards, lettered in silver to spine. Variously coloured dustwrappers with line portrait of Ibsen to all front panels. The very occasional slight bump, and some offsetting to endpapers here and there, but otherwise all volumes in fine, unread condition.

First editions thus, EACH VOLUME INSCRIBED BY THE TRANSLATOR TO THE ACTOR LEO McKERN: 'Leo, with best wishes, from Michael, 26 September 1962, on the occasion of Peer Gynt.' Peer Gynt itself is inscribed: 'To Leo, Gratefully and affectionately from Michael 15 January 1963.'

On 26 September 1962 -- the date these books were inscribed -- the Old Vic's final season production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt opened to the public, in a new translation by Michael Meyer specially commisioned by the theatre. Leo McKern played the title role, which in his own estimation was the greatest event of his theatrical life.

The volumes comprise Peer Gynt, The Lady From The Sea, The Wild Duck, The Master Builder, John Gabriel Borkman, Brand, Little Eyolf, Hedda Gablerand When We Dead Awaken.

Keywords: Henrik IBSEN Michael MEYER"


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