Thus Spake Zarathustra

Friedrich NIETZSCHE

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Thus Spake Zarathustra
Thus Spake Zarathustra

"PERHAPS THE MOST WONDERFUL 'MINE OF IDEAS' IN EXISTENCE": FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF NIETZSCHE'S THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA

NIETZSCHE, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None. London: H. Henry, 1896. Octavo, original dark green cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $5500.

First edition in English, English issue, of Nietzsche's magnum opus—"the first comprehensive statement of his mature philosophy" in original cloth.

Nietzsche's powerful, philosophical prose-poem ranks as "perhaps the most wonderful 'mine of ideas' in existence" (Seymour-Smith, 100 Most Influential Books 79). In its pages Nietzsche announces the "death of God" and heralds the advent of the übermensch, the "superman"—"not the 'blond beast' of later fascism; it is a human being who has mastered passion, risen above the senseless flux and given creative style to his or her character" (Blackburn, 262). Zarathustra is "an elaborate riddle seamlessly blending elements of Nietzsche's philosophy, his pysche and his personal life into a seductive invitation to dance" (Schaberg, 87). Although it would become his most famous work, Nietzsche's philosophical prose-poem was largely unnoticed when it first appeared. Having published Parts 1-3 in 1883-84 at his own expense, the greatly discouraged author privately published only a few copies of Part 4 in 1891. The complete work, "the first comprehensive statement of his mature philosophy" (Edwards V:509), was first published in 1892. Number eight in an eleven-volume series of separately issued English translations of Nietzsche's texts, prepared under the supervision of the Nietzsche-Archiv in Naumburg, Germany; it was also issued in New York by Macmillan in the same year, priority undetermined. Translation by Alexander Tille. With eight pages advertisements at rear. See PMM 370. With typed note on the publication history laid in.

Text fine, inner hinges and rear endpapers with expert paper repairs. Cloth with only most minor rubbing. An excellent copy.

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