Die Verwandlung (Metamorphosis).Leipzig: Kurt Wolff Verlag, 1915 Stock Code: 146212
First issueFirst 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 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.
Octavo. Original japon-backed blue laid paper boards (first issue), titles to front cover and spine in black, top edge blue.
With the 5pp. advertisements to the rear.
Slight wear to extremities, light peripheral sunning to boards, a hint of bowing to boards, the binding otherwise firm and clean, internally crisp; a very good copy.
Breon Mitchell Collection 17; Dietz 26.
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