Rare Books by Franz Kafka, including first edition, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of The Metamorphosis, The Trial, and The Castle.
Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Though unknown during his lifetime, works such as Die Verwandlung” (“The Metamorphosis”), Der Process (The Trial), and Das Schloss (The Castle), have ensured his enduring, posthumous fame.
KAFKA, Franz. Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis).
Leipzig : 1915First edition, first printing, first issue, without the German censor stamp on the title page; here in the less common case-bound issue (also issued in wrappers). This copy is the state with the serif type on the spine and front cover (no priority assigned).
Metamorphosis, the first of Kafka's masterpieces, met with unimpressive sales. After... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 146212
KAFKA, Franz. Das Urteil. Eine Geschichte.
Leipzig : 1916First separate edition of Kafka's The Judgement, originally published in Max Brod's periodical "Arkadia. Ein Jahrbuch für Dichtkunst", in 1913. Written in a single night in 1912, this was one of Kafka's personal favourites. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 149937
KAFKA, Franz. In der Strafkolonie.
Leipzig : 1919First edition, first impression, in the deluxe binding. One of 1,000 copies of Kafka's short story set in an unnamed penal colony which he wrote in October 1914.
The "relatively long time span between composition and first publication is due in part to Kafka's dissatisfaction with the original conclusion of the story", however, "Kafka revised... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 149938
KAFKA, Franz. The Castle.
London : 1930First edition in English, first impression. The Castle will never attain the fame of its sister The Trial, but in literary terms it is more than a match. This was the first publication in English of any of Kafka's books, preceding English editions of The Trial and Metamorphosis by some seven years. It is far scarcer than either. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 83324