First Edition of The Challenge of Chance: Experiments and Speculations; Warmly Inscribed by Arthur Koestler

  • The Challenge of Chance: Experiments and Speculations.

The Challenge of Chance: Experiments and Speculations.


Item Number: 5676

London: Hutchinson, 1973.

First edition of this collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by Arthur Koestler on the front free endpaper, “To Pinkie and Martyn (yet another one) with love from Arthur 24.X.73.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Brett.

Arthur Koestler was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. In 1931 Koestler joined the Communist Party of Germany until, disillusioned by Stalinism, he resigned in 1938. In 1940 he published his novel Darkness at Noon, an anti-totalitarian work that gained him international fame. Over the next 43 years, from his residence in Britain, Koestler espoused many political causes, and wrote novels, memoirs, biographies and numerous essays. In 1968 he was awarded the Sonning Prize "for [his] outstanding contribution to European culture" and in 1972 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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