KAFKA, Franz.

Die Verwandlung [Metamorphosis].

Leipzig: Kurt Wolff Verlag, 1915 Stock Code: 139068
£3,750.00

First issue

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Notes

First 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).

The Metamorphosis, the first of Kafka's masterpieces, met with unimpressive sales. After a year or so the numerous unsold copies were stamped on the title pages with the official stamp of the German censors, and some copies put in a cheaper binding with wove paper on the boards, distinguishing later issues. Kafka's novel has since become one of the iconic works of 20th-century German literature, and a defining work for the author.

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Description

Octavo. Original japon-backed blue laid paper boards (first issue), titles to front cover and spine in black, top edge blue.

Illustrations

With the 5 pp. advertisements to the rear.

Condition

Bookplate of Richard Leuhroth to front pastedown, with his ownership signature dated 1916 to title page (contents otherwise unmarked). Very light rubbing, slight sunning to spine and extremities. A very nice copy.

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