“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.”