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[William Archer, Hans Lien Brækstad and the Norwegian circle in London.] Correspondence addressed to Brækstad and his wife Gertrude Hughes Braekstad: from William Archer, Frances Archer, Einar Sundt, Johan Peter Bull, John Manson.

Author: 
William Archer (1856-1924), theatre critic and translator of Henrik Ibsen; Hans Lien Brækstad (1845-1915); Gertrude Hughes Braekstad; Einar Sundt; Johan Peter Bull; John Manson; Norway; Norwegian
Publication details: 
[London, England; and Kristiania (Oslo), Norway.] Eleven letters, ten of them dating from between 1915 and 1925. Four of Archer's five letters from 27 Fitzroy Square, W. [London]
£1,250.00

A notable item in the present collection is a letter written by William Archer to Braekstad's widow in 1923, in which he gives a fulsome assessment of his character, describing his 'old friend' as 'the unofficial and unpaid consul for Norway', 'unwearied in his service to his country as represented by Norwegians in London'. Hans Lien Brækstad (who has a brief entry in Who Was Who) features prominently in Lionel Carley's 'Edward Grieg in England' (2006), where he is described as 'a major Norwegian presence in London.

"Two Thunder-Clouds, closing in conflict": the meeting of Madvig and Cobet at the tercentenary of Leyden University and its historical background. Authorised translation by H. J. Rose.

Author: 
B. A. Van Proosdij [H. J. Rose, translator; Johan Nicolai Madvig (1804-1886); Carel Gabriel Cobet (1813-1889); Leiden University]
Publication details: 
Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1954.
£50.00

8vo, 47 pp. In original grey printed wraps. With frontispiece portrait of Madvig and one plate. Good, in dusty wraps. Presentation copy, with card 'With the compliments of Dr B. A. Van Proosdij, Scientific Advisor to Messrs. Brill' loosely inserted. Divided into four parts: 'The Intellectual Background', 'Preparations and the Eve of the Day', 'The Dies Natalis' and 'Epilogue', with six appendices of passages from original sources, and a postscript of 'Four Letters from Madvig to Geel, Bake, and Cobet'.

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