"Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere": First Edition of Elie Wiesel’s Night; Signed by Him

  • Night.
  • Night.


Item Number: 1202

London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1960.

First British edition of Nobel laureate Wiesel’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Elie Wiesel on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Cowan. Foreword by Francois Mauriac. Translated from the French by Stella Rodway. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.

"If only I could get rid of this dead weight. Immediately I felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever" wrote Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel in reference to his dying father. Night relays Wiesel's experience as a prisoner in the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944-1945. Wiesel witnessed the inversion of convention and destruction of values. He writes, "here there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends, everyone lives and dies for himself alone." "To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record" (Alfred Kazin).