"Even in this place one can survive, and therefore one must want to survive, to tell the story, to bear witness; and that to survive we must force ourselves to save at least the skeleton, the scaffolding, the form of civilization": First Edition of Primo Levi’s Classic If This Is A Man; Signed by Him

  • If This Is A Man.
  • If This Is A Man.

If This Is A Man.


Item Number: 4541

New York: The Orion Press, 1959.

First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Primo Levi on the title page. Later published as “Survival in Auschwitz.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the rear panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Extremely rare signed.

Primo Levi's 'If This Is a Man' has been described as one of the most important literary works of the twentieth century. It describes the year Levi spent as a prisoner in Auschwitz, the death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. "He was himself a magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known" (Philip Roth). The Times Literary Supplement proclaimed that "[i]t has the inevitability of the true work of art." Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century.

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