Gosta Berling's Saga
The first UK edition of Selma Lagerlof's first novel
First UK edition, hardback, bound in the original buckram with printed titling and design to spine and upper board. Pages untrimmed. 19.5 × 13cm, 362pp.
Selma Lagerlof's debut novel, first published in Sweden in 1891. The hero, Gösta Berling, is a defrocked Lutheran priest who has been saved by the Mistress of Ekeby from freezing to death and thereupon becomes one of her pensioners in the manor at Ekeby. As the pensioners finally get power in their own hands, they manage the property as they themselves see fit and their lives are filled with many wild adventures. Gösta Berling is their leading spirit, the poet, the charming personality among a band of revelers. Before the story ends, Gösta Berling is redeemed, and even the old Mistress of Ekeby is permitted to come to her old home to die.
A good reading copy. The cloth is rubbed and a little grubby and tanned to the spine. There is a slight lean to the spine. Taped reinforcements to the hinges but the main body of text in good condition. Readable but scruffy.