"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from a troubled dream, he found himself changed in bed to some monstrous kind of vermin": First edition in English of Kafka's The Metamorphosis
Item Number: 95244
London: Parton, 1937.
First edition in English of one of Franz Kafka’s most important works. Octavo, original half cloth, blue paper label to the front panel, with sections of the scarce original glassine. In near fine condition. Translated by A. L. Loyd. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Initially published by Kafka himself in German in 1915, The Metamorphosis tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa who wakes one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a huge insect. "While critics have interpreted this chilling story variously as a description of despair in a meaningless world, as a reaction to institutional authoritarianism, and as an expression of conflict between the author and his father, its power seems to rest in its resistance to explanation. W.H. Auden has said of it, 'Had one to name the author who comes nearest to bearing the same kind of relation to our age as Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe bore to theirs, Kafka would be the first one would think of" (New York Public Library's Books of the Century, 13).
Other Books by this Author
“One must fight to get to the top, especially if one starts at the bottom": First Edition in English of Franz Kafka's The Castle; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930.
First edition in English of Kafka’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Translated by Edwin and Willa Muir. With an introduction by Edwin Muir. A superior example, scarce in this condition.
New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
Early printing of the 35th Anniversary edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Jary and Lola -best wishes, Harper Lee.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Suzanne Noli.
New York: Liveright, 2012.
First edition of “this monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition” (James D. Watson). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
First Edition of Maurice Allais' Magnum Opus Economie & Interet; Inscribed by Him; From the Library of Kenneth Arrow
Paris: Imprimerie National, 1947.
First edition of Allais’ groundbreaking work. Octavo, 2 volumes, original wrappers as issued. Inscribed by Maurice Allais on the title page of volume one. From the library of fellow Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Arrow, with his name in each volume. In near fine condition with light shelfwear, minor mending to the first few pages of volume one. A nice association linking these two Nobel Prize winning-economists and giants of twentieth century economics.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing. Octavo, original half black cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Anthony Amari best regards John Kennedy.” Light rubbing to the bottom cloth, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.