The rise and progress of the Society of Friends in Norway.

London: Charles Gilpin / Edward Marsh – Dublin: Hames B. Gilpin, 1849. 8vo. xii, 132, |4]pp. Publisher’s black blind tooled cloth. Title and publisher in gilt to spine. Very small scratch to spine in center, else a tight, fresh and very near fine copy.

Eiler Schiötz «Itineraria Norvegica», no. 860*.

On Norwegian Quakers and the Haugian movement. Reports on visits to Norway and visit of Norwegian Prisoners of War in Chatham River 1812-1814.


1) On front free end paper verso: Hon. Mr Dawson presented to me by Mr. Josiah Merrick.

2) Thomas Krag [1821-1887], in same hand ”Manchester 25 Juni 49”. Krag was a Norwegian theologist and translator of several central books in the English language, i.e. Harriet Beecher Stowe «Uncle Tom’s Cabin», 1852 («Onkel Toms hytte eller Negerlivet i de Amerikanske Slavestater» 1852/1853) and H. M. Stanley «Through the dark Continent», 1878 («Gjennem det mørke Fastland», 1878). Thomas Krag, who’s wife was English, worked as teacher of languages at Hartvig Nissen in Christiania and Søkadetinstituttet in Horten. He was the uncle of the more known Norwegian authors Vilhelm and Thomas P. Krag. We find ”traces” of Krag’s appearance in England in the July issue of «Journal of the Society of Arts», 1854:

The Centenary Dinner of the Society took place on Monday, the 3rd inst., at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, and was attended by about 750 gentlemen. […] The arrangement of this hall was such as to permit of a distribution of the company in somewhat of a classified order, with the view of showing that it was not an ordinary mixed assemblage. At a large semicircular upper table, embracing the length and breadth of the hall, were arranged, on either side of the Chair, the Foreign Commissioners to the Educational Exhibition, and other distinguished guests, invited by the Society to be present, including the Directors of the Crystal Palace Company. Among those seated at this table were, the Lord Mayor, the Earl of Harrowby, Viscount Mahon, Viscount Ebrington, M. Milne Edwards, F.R.S., Membre de l’Institut, Doyen de la Faculté des Sciences, Commissioner from France; the Hon. H. Barnard, Superintendent of State Schools, Connecticut, U.S., Commissioner from the United States; Mr. Charles Fogh, Commissioner from Denmark; Dr. Siljestrom, Director of the New Elementary School in Stockholm, Commissioner from Sweden; Dr. Thomas Krag, Theologise Candidatus of the University of Christiana, Commissioner from Norway; M. Schmidt, Director of Tankske Realskole, in Bergen […] .

3) This copy was sold through the auction house Wang Kunst- og Antikvitetshandel June 10-12, 1936 ”1500 bøker som har tilhørt Fritz Thaulow m.fl.”, LOT 1470.

4 )It was bought at the auction by bibliophile Dr. Idar Handagard [1874-1959].

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