Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein buch fur Alle und Keinen. ... In drei Theilen.

NIETZSCHE Friedrich (1886 & 1891.)

£6000.00  [First Edition]

First Edition, Second Issue of parts I-III, with the First Trade Edition of IV

First edition, second issue. 8vo (225 x 115mm). 114, [4], 103, [1]; [4] 119, [1], pp., extra illustrated with a frontispiece portrait supplied from an unidentified source. Modern half blue cloth over marbled paper covered boards, spine lettered in gilt (bottom edge lightly rubbed). Leipzig, E.W. Fritzsch.

[bound with:] Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein buch fur Alle und Keinen. ... Vierter und letzter Theil. Dionysos-Dithyramben.

First trade edition. 8vo. 134, [2], 21, [3], pp., frontispiece portrait. Leipzig, C.G. Naumann.

Reissue of the first edition sheets of books I, II, & III of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, originally published by Ernst Schmeitzner between 1883-4, with a new title-page and half-titles inserted before parts two and three, bound together with the first trade edition of book IV, originally published in a private run of forty-five copies in 1885. Sometimes referred to as the first collected edition when found bound together, as with the example presented here, despite the fact that the first actual collected edition of all four parts would not be published by Naumann until 1893.

A sprawling, rhapsodic work, primarily in prose, Zarathustra served as a thunderous announcement of Nietzsche's mature philosophy. Under the guise of the central character Zarathustra, a re-invention and subversion of his namesake, Nietzsche expounds his declamatory message of the Übermensch, the death of God, and the transvaluation of all values. 

The Dionysian Dithyrambs, the first of the ‘books’ to be published without Nietzsche’s editorial corrections following his mental collapse, appears as an addendum to the first trade issue of Zarathustra IV. It is a collection of nine poems, all under the nom de plume of Dionysos, revised gathered together by Nietzsche towards the end of 1888. Nietzsche’s poetry remains widely unread and largely misunderstood.

PMM, 370; Schaberg 45, 58.

Stock Code: 227828

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