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The Trial
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd,, 1937. Translated by Edwin and Willa Muir. Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in dark blue. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box made by The Chelsea Bindery. Cloth darkened at edges, endpapers and edges foxed; a very good copy in the soiled jacket with toned spine and faded front panel. First edition in English; first published in German in 1925 as Der Process. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. The Muirs were instrumental in the publication of Kafka in English, and it was at their suggestion the Martin Secker undertook The Castle in 1930. Secker went bankrupt in 1936 and it was Victor Gollancz who issued the Muirs' version of the text that introduced the kafkaesque to the anglophone world. It is their perhaps questionable rendering of the opening line, "Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K …" that is widely considered one of the greatest first lines in world literature. An uncommon book, perhaps as few as 1,000 copies having been sold.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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