MEYRINK, Gustav.

The Golem.

Translated by Madge Pemberton.

London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1928 Stock Code: 105402
£3,250.00
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With the striking McKnight Kauffer jacket

First English language edition, first impression, of this masterpiece of European fantasy fiction, from the German original first published in book form in 1915 by Kurt Wolff, Leipzig. Meyrink is considered "perhaps the foremost modern writer of supernatural novels... who used the subject matter of contemporary occultism in a highly individual, metaphysical way" (Bleiler).

In 1928 Gollancz commissioned E. McKnight Kauffer, the fashionable modernist graphic designer, to design his new logo and a series of pictorial dust jackets for 18 titles he published that year. Kauffer's designs have been much admired, but Gollancz ultimately decided that the expense was unnecessary. He switched to a more economical design of bright yellow jackets enlivened with startling typography in magenta and black, though for decades after the firm still used the VG logo that Kauffer had designed for him. Any of the Kauffer pictorial jackets for Gollancz are scarce in commerce and much sought-after.

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Description

Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in red. With dust jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.

Condition

An exceptionally nice copy in the lightly rubbed and marked dust jacket, somewhat tanned at the spine.

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