“A SOMBER MASTERPIECE”: FIRST EDITION OF THOMAS MANN’S DEATH IN VENICE
MANN, Thomas. Death in Venice. London: Martin Secker, 1928. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. $6500.
First English edition of Mann’s most famous work, in the rare original dust jacket.
"A somber masterpiece" (Kuiper, 721). "Thomas Mann is one of the greatest and most widely read authors of the 20th century… An innovative stylist and synthesizer of the intellectual trends of his time, Mann exerted much influence on modern fiction not only in Germany but in Europe and in both Americas as well. His perceptiveness as an interpreter of Western cultural heritage and his skill as a cosmopolitan teacher of democratic and humanistic values earned him recognition as a 'mirror of his age' and a 'citizen of the world'… Among Mann's many well-written works of short fiction, "Death in Venice" (1928), a novella based on Mann's impressions during his stay in Venice, is the most famous… Typically for Mann, the novella deals with the problem of the unhappy, sick artist, Gustav von Aschenbach, who envies the healthy and 'normal' people of the bourgeois society" (Pribic, 262-3). This collection of three novellas also includes "Tristan" and "Tonio Kröger." Mann won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, the year after publication of this volume. The first edition was published as Der Tod in Venedig in 1912. Bookplate. One instance of penciled marginalia.
Minor foxing to fore-edge only, cloth with some faint discoloration, sunned at spine ends, near-fine. Dust jacket with archival reinforcement to verso at ends of slightly toned spine, chip to lower rear corner, a few small abrasions to front panel. A very nice, exceptionally good copy in the rare original dust jacket.