"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 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 Levi’s masterpiece, which was later published as Survival In Auschwitz. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by Primo Levi on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a small chip to the rear panel. Jacket design by Wladislaw Finne. Translated by Stuart Woolf. 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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