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NIETZSCHE, Friedrich.

Thus Spake Zarathustra.

A book for all and none. Translated by Alexander Tille.

H. Henry and Co. Ltd, London , 1896 Stock Code: 127128
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First UK edition of the first English translation. The edition constitutes volume eight of a projected 11-volume set of Nietzsche's writings in English, although it was in fact the second title published. Zarathustra was originally published in German in four parts between 1883 and 1885, with the first three volumes written in a frenzy of creativity, each lasting only ten days. In his autobiography Nietzsche stated that "In my lifework, my Zarathustra holds a place apart. With it, I gave my fellow-men the greatest gift that has ever been bestowed upon them. This book, the voice of which speaks out across the ages, is not only the loftiest book on earth, literally the book of mountain air, - the whole phenomenon, mankind, lies at an incalculable distance beneath it, - but it is also the deepest book, born of the inmost abundance of truth; an inexhaustible well, into which no pitcher can be lowered without coming up again laden with gold and with goodness" (Ecco Homo, T. N. Foulis, 1911, pp. 3-4). Alexander Tille, the translator, served as Lecturer of German Literature at the University of Glasgow from 1890 to 1900, whereupon he returned to Germany due to disputes with students over the Boer War.
The edition was also published the same year by the Macmillan Company in New York, without established priority. The present copy is in the second issue binding of the UK edition with T. Fisher Unwin's name at the base of spine; the book sold poorly, and Unwin purchased the remaining sheets from Henry and Co. Some copies were reissued by Unwin with a new title page and additional leaves in 1899, though not here. The work is surprisingly uncommon, with OCLC listing only 13 known copies dated 1896 in public institutions.

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt with roundels in blind, black endpapers, edges untrimmed.


Bookplate of R. J. Dickinson to pastedown. Spine faded to brown and professionally restored at ends, hinges discreetly repaired, final page toned. A very good copy.


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