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Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen. In drei Theilen.
Leipzig, Fritzsch, (1886) - [text recte 1883-84]. Lex 8vo. A magnificent copy, completely uncut in the original printed wrappers. Wrappers, also the spine almost completely intact, merely missing a few tiny pieces at extremities. Spine with three vertical "breaks", but still tight. Front wrappers loosening at hinge. Front wrapper with a couple of creases to lower right corner, strengthened from the verso at the bottom. A bookseller's stamp to inside of front wrapper: "Libreria Napoli. F. Furchheim". Housed in a custom-made marbled paper-slip-case, matching the colouring of the wrappers, with a gilt leather title-lable to spine. 114; (4), 103, (1); (4), 119, (1) pp. A truly splendid copy, in completely original state, of the first edition, title-issue, of Nietzsche's main work in which the concept of the "Superman" (or "Overman") in introduced. This is actually the first printings of these three parts, but the many remainders were sold and issued with a new title-page (with no year, but 1886). Only 45 copies of the exceedingly scarce privately printed fourth part were issued, the first trade edition of which is from 1892."These books present several historical problems but none more confusing than their publication dates. It is difficult to determine when - and in some cases, if - the books were ever released for public sale..." (Schaberg, p. 88). It is difficult to overestimate the impact of Nietzsche's magnum opus. With this work he realizes his ideal of the poet-philosopher. It is, at the same time, a towering literary achievement and the most profound inquiry in the key notions of his philosophy (the Superman, the eternal return of the same).Schaberg: 45.
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