3 beautiful red boards w/ gold stamped lettering on front and spine all 3 books like new fully illustrated by several artists large books each book over 400 pages can'r ship overseas due to size. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Story Library of the Saints 3 Volumes
Publication Date: 1974
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Penn, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: vg. Limited edition. Collection of ten volumes from the Franklin Library's "The 100 Greatest Books of All Time" series: - 1) F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1974). Octavo. , 178pp. Original gilt stamped leather, with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Moire endpapers. Ribbon marker. "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. "The Great Gatsby" is one of the great classics of 20th-century literature. Very minor soiling on upper spine. Binding in overall near fine, interior in fine condition. - 2) Saint Augustine: The Confessions (1976). Quarto. , 395, pp. Original gilt stamped leather, with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Moire endpapers. Ribbon marker. Illustrated half-title. Decorative title page. In his "Confessions," Saint Augustine reflects upon his life in the light of scripture and the presence of God. He begins with his infancy, pondering the many sins of his life before his conversion, and he confesses not only his sins but even more the greatness of God. This work presents a wonderful contrast between God who created all things and whom heaven and earth cannot contain, and a commonly sinful man who has joyfully received God's loving salvation and mercy. Many scholars consider Saint Augustine to be among the greatest and most influential fathers of the early church. Augustine writes as a common man, and so his words span time and tradition. Translation of Edward B. Pusey. Binding and interior in fine condition. - 3) Thomas Mann: Five Stories (1977). Quarto. , 382pp. Original gilt stamped leather, with gold lettering on spine. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Moire endpapers. Ribbon marker. - "Death in Venice" is a novella first published in 1912 as "Der Tod in Venedig." The work presents a great writer suffering writer's block who visits Venice and is liberated, uplifted, and then increasingly obsessed, by the sight of a stunningly beautiful youth. Though he never speaks to the boy, much less touches him, the writer finds himself drawn deep into ruinous inward passion; meanwhile, Venice, and finally, the writer himself, succumb to a cholera plague. The novella is powerfully intertextual, with the chief sources being first the connection of erotic love to philosophical wisdom traced in Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus, and second the Nietzschean contrast between the god of restraint and shaping form, Apollo, and the god of excess and passion, Dionysus. The boy in the story (Tadzio) is based on a boy (W adzio or Tadzio, nicknames for the Polish name W adyslaw or Tadeusz respectively) Mann had seen during a visit to Venice in 1911. - "Tonio Kröger" was written early in 1901, when Thomas Mann was 25. It was first published in 1903. The narrative follows the course of a man's life from his schoolboy days to his adulthood. The son of a north German merchant and a "Southern" mother (Consuelo) with artistic talents, Tonio inherited qualities from both sides of his family. As a child, he experiences conflicting feelings for the bourgeois people around him. He feels both superior to them in his insights and envious of their innocent vitality. This conflict continues into Tonio's adulthood, when he becomes a famous writer living in southern Germany. "To be an artist," he comes to believe, "one has to die to everyday life." These issues are only partially resolved when Tonio travels north to visit his hometown. While there, Tonio is mistaken for an escaped criminal, thereby reinforcing his inner suspicion that the artist must be an outsider relative to "respectable" society. Bookseller Inventory # 38825