Minneapolis: Den forende Kirkes forlag, 1907. Hardcover. 76 pages. Hardcover, bound in red cloth with gold lettering and black-stamped floral and geometric decorations. Mild wear at the corners and spine tips. The main flaw is full separation of the text block from the boards end papers, and frontispiece. 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. O.H.[?] Eliasen / 24/12 '11. / fra O.N." Item #2019
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.