"The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly": Exceeding Rare First Edition of Friedrich Nietzshe’s Thus Spake Zarathustra

  • Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None.

Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None.


Item Number: 4489

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1896.

First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth. The first edition is of legendary scarcity as it was reported that sales of the title sold just 257 copies before June 30, 1897. An excellent example with some light fading to the front cloth. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

Friedrich Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary and subversive thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spake Zarathustra remains his most famous and influential work. It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor. With blazing intensity and poetic brilliance, Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submission, but in an all-powerful life force.

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