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

12. NIETZSCHE, Friedrich.

Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and

None.

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

box.

$5900.

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.

Banned

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,

100

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.”

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