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“Perhaps The Most Wonderful ‘Mine Of Ideas’ In Existence”

12. NIETZSCHE, Friedrich.

Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and


New York, 1896. Octavo, original green cloth, custom clamshell



First American edition and presumed first edition in English of Nietzsche’s

magnum opus, “the first comprehensive statement of his mature philos-

ophy,” uncut and largely unopened in original gilt-lettered cloth.


for political reasons in Poland from 1976 to 1989.

Nietzsche’s powerful, philosophical prose-poem ranks as “perhaps

the most wonderful ‘mine of ideas’ in existence” (Seymour-Smith,


Most Influential Books

79). Although it would become his most famous

work, Nietzsche’s philosophical prose-poem was largely unnoticed

when it first appeared. An excellent copy.

“Man is a rope, tied between beast and

overman—a rope over an abyss. What is great in

man is that he is a bridge and not an end.”