København (Copenhagen), 1898. Originalt lysegrønt helshirtbd. med titel og forfatter trykt med sort i forgyldt ramme på forperm. Guldtrykt rygtitelfelt. Ryggen en smule skæv. Indre false en anselse svage. To mindre brune pletter på bagpermen. Tidligere ejers dedikation i blæk på fribladet. Indvendig også særdeles pæn og ren.

Original light green full cloth with the black lettering in gold frame on front cover and gilt title on spine. Spine a bit crooked. Inner hinges slightly weak. Previous owner's inscription to first blank. Also internally very nice and clean. ¶ Den sjældne originaludgave i det yderst sjældne originalbind.

A fine copy of the scarce first edition, in the very rare original binding.

"Victoria" is now one of Hamsun's most popular and treasured works, and it marks the end of Hamsun's literary youth. It is considered the most beautiful Norwegian novel, and one of the most splendid portrayals of love in world-literature.

In 1890, at the age of 31, Hamsun received his first recognition as an author with the novel "Hunger". This novel began the new-romantic wave of the nineties, and in the following works, such as "Pan" and "Victoria", Hamsun greatly develops the skill of penetrating and portraying the subconscious mental life of his characters. His use of the landscape to emphasize the inner emotions and moods of the characters is a new literary invention at the time, at it is mastered to perfection in the tragic love-story of Victoria and the son of the miller, who later becomes a hugely successful author.
The same year that Hamsun wrote this novel he married for the fist time. His wife, the then 25-year old Bergljot Goepfert, was a wealthy woman, who had separated from her Australian husband. Together they had a daughter, Hamsun's fist child, who he named Victoria. The marriage only lasted eight years.

In 1920 Hamsun won the Nobel Prize for Literature, -the only prize that he would ever accept.

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