Translated by Madge Pemberton.London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1928 Stock Code: 105402
With the striking McKnight Kauffer jacketFirst 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.
Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in red. With dust jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.
An exceptionally nice copy in the lightly rubbed and marked dust jacket, somewhat tanned at the spine.
With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.
Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220