Minneapolis: Den forende Kirkes forlag, 1907. Hardcover. 76 pages. Hardcover, in very good condition, bound in green cloth with gold lettering and decorated with blind stamps and rules. A tight, clean copy, with very slight wear at the corners and spine extremities. Text in Norwegian. Numerous black-and-white illustrations and decorations in the text. Inscribed by the author (using his initials) "En liten erindring / til / Mr. + Mrs. E. Eliasen. / fra / O.N. / 4/5 '19." Item #2018
According to an inventory of the author's papers at the Minnesota Historical Society, he immigrated from Norway in 1871 and served as a Lutheran pastor in Northwood, Iowa, Scandinavia, Wisconsin, and Grand Forks, North Dakota, from the time of his arrival until his death in 1933. In addition to Luthers Liv, he wrote several other books, including a novel, Dalrosen (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, no date), based on the life of his sister Gro Svendsen, who was born in Norway in 1841, emigrated to Iowa in 1862, and died in 1878, shortly after the birth of her tenth child. Svendsen's letters from her time in the United States were published in the book Frontier Mother : The Letters of Gro Svendsen, edited by Theodore Blegen and published in Northfield, Minnesota, by the Norwegian-American Historical Association in 1950.