First Edition of Thomas Mann's Joseph the Provider; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication
Joseph The Provider.
Item Number: 83459
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1944.
First American edition of Mann’s final work in his acclaimed four-part novel and is widely regarded as one of the greatest creative works of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Charles Jackson grateful for his visit and for the fine gift of his book. Pac. Palisades I.VII 44 Thomas Mann.” Mann moved to Pacific Palisades, California, with his family in 1940 and became friends with the recipient Charles Jackson. The book referenced in this inscription is Jackson’s novel, The Lost Weekend, published in 1944 and describing five days in the life of an alcoholic, thought to be autobiographical. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated from the German by H.T. Lowe-Porter. A nice association.
Joseph and His Brothers is a four-part novel by Thomas Mann, written over the course of 16 years. Mann retells the familiar stories of Genesis, from Jacob to Joseph (chapters 27–50), setting it in the historical context of the Amarna Period. Mann considered it his greatest work.