Guldberg & Dzwonkowski

Guldberg and Dzwonkowski’s was a bookshop and musical scores publishing agency, who at some point even sold instruments. They ran the weekly illustrated (xylographed) magasine Skillings-Magazin, Billedmagazin for Børn and other publications, prints and musical scores. At one point they also sold musical instruments at Guldberg & Dzwonkowski’s.

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Christiania map & places of interest

Places in Christiania that Anne mentions while there.
(Map from 1840 by unknown – edited by Y.Haugen)
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1) Hotel du Nord (Anne and Ann’s hotel in Christiania)
2) Akershus festning /castle
3) J. Dahl (bookshop)
4) J.W. Cappelen (bookshop)
5) University (Nat. history et al.)
– Zoology collection (the birds) – “1 1/2 hour there seeing the birds”
Musée of Northern antiquities
6) P. J. Hoppe’s bookshop“Then to Hoppe’s for pencils English for Ann”
7) Cathedral (Domkirken)
8) Grûnings Løkke
Royal Palace
10) Guldberg & Dzwonkowski
11) Botanic Garden

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Day 3 – Christiania

The ad for a guide placed by Guldberg & Dzwonkowski. (Anne and Ann never traveled to the Northern part of Norway, this could have been a miscommunication.)


  • Guldberg and Dzwonkowski prove to be an important connection in Christiania. The two men went into publishing and opened a music- and bookshop 1835. The bookshop was situated on the corner of Storgaten and Youngsgate at the time Anne Lister visited Christiania. More…
  • Georg Henrich Jæger (or Henrik George Jæger) born 1817 in Arendal, was an assosiate at Guldberg & Dzwonkowskis. In 1842 he apparently left Christiania for Copenhagen where he established the bookstore/puplisher Skandinavisk Boghandler.
  • “The professor of mineralogy” is likely Professor Jens Rathke:

Professor Jens Rathke (1769-1855), born in Christiania, Norwgian scientist (primarily Zoology). 1813-45, Norway’s first professor of natural history and taught zoology, botany and mineralogy. He also was head of the botanic garden on Tøyen in Christiania. He left his fortune and papers to the University of Oslo (Christiania) which provides scholarships and stipends to young scientists traveling in order to research Norse plants and wildlife.

Maps, places

The musee (Natural history and zoology) with “the birds” was in Mariboegården.

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The Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke) lay at one end of the market / Torvet, up the street from Hotel du Nord. Read more…

Map of Christiania (Oslo)

Map of Christiania from 1840 by unknown artist. Edited to highight the spots of interest from Anne’s travel journal

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Day 4 – Christiania (ii)

View from Ekeberg. Botanic garden to the right (Peder Andersen Balke, early 1820s).


  • Mr Jäger is likely Mr Georg Henrich Jæger (from the city of Arendal) – an agent at Guldberg & Dzwonkowski’s
  • Kallevig M.D. could be Harald Kallevig, born in Arendal 15.04.1812, graduated (embetsexamen) in medicin 03.06.1835 (laud), noted in the listings at University of Oslo as “Død som Reservelæge paa Rigshospitalet” (“deceased senior registrar consultant (or senior resident attending physician) at Rigshospitalet”)
  • Mr Smith, their guide on the Norway trip as recommended from Guldberg & Vonkowski’s, by Jæger. He is likely Axel Christian Rosenkrantz Smith (1813–1876). Both Jæger and Smith are from the city Arendal south in Norway.
  • John is John Vanderholm, hired when in Sweden intended to be guide in Norway. But seemingly left behind in Christiania due to his bad foot.
  • (John Johnson is likely John Vanderholm , the mixup could be caused by resent dealings with a Poul Poulson, valet du place at Hotel du Nord.)
  • Hoppe’s see map


Botanic garden

Anne had extensive knowledge of botany and seemed to always visit a city’s botanic garden on her travels. Christiania no exception and she noted a whole list of plants that she found interesting.
Read more about the botanic gardens of Christiania and Anne’s reflections on some of its contents.

Castle/ Akershus fortress

The Royal Palace

Det kongelige Slot / the Royal Palace / [lito] J. Frich (1840)

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The Great Ballroom at the Royal Palace today.
Architect: Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow (1787-1851) (Work on the interiors began in 1838 and were finished in the 1840s)

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Torvet, Byens Torv (today, Stortorvet)

Torvet – the main square or market is just a couple of blocks from Hotel du Nord, where Anne and Ann stayed when in Christiania. The cathedral is situated at one end of the market, and Hoppe’s is right nearby. Read more about Torvet.

Map of Christiania (Oslo)

Points of interest
Map of Christiania from 1840 by unknown artist. Edited to highight the spots of interest from Anne’s travel journal

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Fun Facts

Then to Hoppe’s for pencils English for Ann

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Day 13 – maps and norse and arranging an ad in the paper abt the lost ring

The ad in Morgenbladet

Bortkomne Sager

Paa en Reise fra Drammen over Gjellebek og Ravnsborg til Jensrud er en Guldring bortkommen. Den var fæstet med en Knappenaal til en firkantet hvid Naalepude. Ovenpaa Ringen var en liden Diamant og under samme en Haarlok. Paa den indre Side stod: James Lister ob. 1826 æt 76. En Belönning av 5 (fem) Speciedaler udloves til den, der bringer Ringen til Hr Schöller i Hotel du Nord i Christiania inden Mandag Aften den 12te August 1839

Translation: On a journey from Drammen over Gjellebek and Ravnsborg to Jensrud a gold ring has been lost. It was fastened with a pin to a square white pin cushion. On top of the ring was a small diamond and under it a lock of hair. On the inside stod: James Lister ob. 1826 æt 76. A reward of 5 (five) Speciedaler is promised to whomever brings the ring to Mr Schöller at Hotel du Nord in Christiania by Monday evening August 12 1839