Jenseits von Gut und Böse. Vorspiel einer Philosophie der Zukunft.

NIETZSCHE Friedrich (1886.)

£5000.00  [First Edition]

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First Edition. 8vo (215 x 115 mm). vi, [2], 271, [1], pp. A hint of spotting to the title and a few other leaves. Modern half calf over marbled boards, marbled edges, spine ruled and lettered in gilt with green morocco label. A fine copy.  

Leipzig, C.G. Naumann. 

First Edition of Nietzsche’s most widely read work and surely the most lucid statement of his philosophy.

Beyond Good and Evil is a potent expression of Nietzsche’s genealogical method of historic philosophy, explicating a "natural history of morals" that would inform his following work, On the Genealogy of Morality, and exert considerable influence across twentieth-century philosophy, no more so than in the works of Michel Foucault. It contains the fullest expressions of two of Nietzsche’s key doctrines, being the first explicit statement of the famous conception of master-slave morality and containing eleven direct references to the Will to Power, the most in any of his published works. 

Having parted with Schmeitzner in early 1886, and after several failed attempts to find another publisher, Nietzsche opted to publish Beyond Good and Evil by way of the “vanity press”. He contacted C. G. Naumann of Leipzig, "who had done the private printing of Zarathustra IV ", and arranged a press run of 600 copies (Schaberg, 1995, The Nietzsche Canon: A Publication History and Bibliography, p. 122). And yet, Nietzsche would once again struggle to achieve any real commercial success, selling only 114 copies within the first ten months (Schaberg, 1995, p. 126). It would, however, be republished twice within Nietzsche’s lifetime, with second and third editions appearing in 1891 and 1893 respectively.

Schaberg 40.

Stock Code: 227390

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