Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche (1930)
Publication Date: 1930 George Allan & Unwin 6th Edition Limited Edition individually numbered #353 of 1500
Translated from German by Thomas Common.
Thus Spake Zarathustra, also translated as Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a treatise by Friedrich Nietzsche written in four parts and published in German between 1883 and 1885 as Also sprach Zarathustra. The work is incomplete, according to Nietzsche’s original plan, but it is the first thorough statement of Nietzsche’s mature philosophy and the masterpiece of his career. It received little attention during his lifetime, but its influence since his death has been considerable in the arts as well as philosophy.
Written in the form of a prose narrative, Thus Spake Zarathustra offers the philosophy of its author through the voice of Zarathustra (based on the Persian prophet Zoroaster), who after years of meditation has come down from a mountain to offer his wisdom to the world. It is this work in which Nietzsche made his famous (and much misconstrued) statement that “God is dead” and in which he presented some of the most influential and well-known (and likewise misunderstood) ideas of his philosophy, including those of the Übermensch (“superman”) and the “will to power.”
Condition: Original blue boards with gold gilt title on spine and blind stamp of Nietzsches profile on front board, the gilt title is still very bright, spine is darkened, and the boards have some scuffing and fading, corners bumped. Pages are clean with no markings. Overall Good condition.