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Die Verwandlung.
Leipzig: Kurt Wolff Verlag,, 1915. Octavo. Original cream paper wrappers printed in red and black with an illustration by Ottomar Starke, edges uncut. With two advertisments to the rear. Housed in a red flat back cloth box made by the Chelsea Bindery. Toning to wrappers, light wear to wrapper extremities, a few small repairs to head and tail of spine, some spotting to title page, edges, and pp. 44-45, a very good copy. First edition, first printing, presumed to be one of the earliest issued. The publication of this work ? the first of Kafka's masterpieces ? was a rather confused affair. Two basic issues were intended: one in wrappers, the other bound in boards. Sales seem not to have been good and after a year or so the numerous copies remaining unsold were stamped on the title pages with the official stamp of the German censors. This copy has no stamp to the title page which suggests it is an early issue. Kafka was adamant that the illustration not depict a bug, writing in a letter to the publishing house: "The insect itself must not be illustrated by a drawing. It cannot be shown at all, not even from a distance." Unquestionably one of the most influential works of fiction produced in the 20th century.
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