"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.
“ONE OF THE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY”: SECOND EDITION OF VON NEUMANN & MORGENSTERN'S THEORY OF GAMES AND ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947.
Second edition of the author’s groundbreaking work on game theory. Octavo, original cloth. Light red pencil marginalia in the text, very good.
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.
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. In near fine condition with light rubbing.