Henrik Pontoppidan (b. Fredericia 1857, d. 1943)

Important collection of 268 autograph letters and letter cards signed by Henrik Pontoppidan to publisher Einer Aage Hirschsprung (execpt from two letter cards which are sent to Mrs. Hirschsprung). Dated 1895–1909. More than 500 closely written pages. Moreover two autograph letters from the Danish artist Gerhard Heilmann and one autograph letter - probably from Hirschsprung. All three letters concerning Henrik Pontoppidan.

The letters in this extremly important collection were written from 1895–1909 to Henrik Pontoppidan's (1857–1943) publisher at “Det Schubotheske Forlag”, Einar Aage Hirschsprung (1869–1909), the son of Heinrich Hirschsprung, who founded the museum “Hirschsprungs Samling” in Copenhagen. The letters document Henrik Pontoppidan's work with several of his most accomplished works in this period and gives a detailed picture of the Danish literary scene.

As a writer Henrik Pontoppidan was an interesting figure, distancing himself both from the conservative environment in which he was brought up and from his socialist contemporaries and friends. He was the youngest and in many ways the most original and influential member of the Modern Break-Through. Henrik Pontoppidan shared with Karl Gjellerup the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917 for “his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark.”

Provenance: Descendants of the Hirschsprung family.


Books and manuscripts, 3 April 2011


150,000–200,000 kr.

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