First Printing ("Published May 6, 1929. One-Volume Edition, October 1939") of this first one-volume edition of Mann's masterpiece, one of the most influential works of 20th century German literature. Translated into English from the German by H. T. Lowe-Porter. Thick 8vo: ,900pp. Publisher's finely woven slate-blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, Mann's monogram in blind to upper cover, top edge stained pale yellow, illustrated dust jacket (price-clipped). Signed by the author in blue ink on the front fly leaf. A Fine unread copy, square and tight; better than Near Fine jacket with brief edge wear. "In 1929, Thomas Mann received the Nobel Prize for literature. In the laudatio his second great novel, Der Zauberberg [The Magic Mountain, 1924], was not mentioned-to the author's dismay and fear that future generations would only remember him for his first novel, Buddenbrooks (1901). His apprehensions were unfounded. For decades, The Magic Mountain has ranked among the greatest novels of the 20th century and has consistently been included in "Great Books" courses due to its intellectual stature, its allegorical depiction of European history in the years before World War I, and Mann's interweaving of universal themes-the seductions of love and death, man's frailty and inhumanity, and the ephemerality of life-with his presentation of a civilization in crisis. [The book is ranked no. 9 on Daniel S. Burt's The Novel 100, a list of the 100 greatest novels of all time, and is also ranked high on numerous other lists of literary high spots.] . . . The Magic Mountain centers around the engineer Hans Castorp from a Hanseatic city who, at the age of twenty-three, visits his cousin Joachim Ziemssen at the sanatorium Berghof near Davos, Switzerland, in 1907. Subsequently diagnosed with tuberculosis, Castorp stays on the mountain for seven years. As in Mann's previous works Buddenbrooks and Death in Venice, the motif of departure from a respectable bourgeois existence to a world of disease and death, resulting in the dissolution of the previous life and its responsibilities, plays a pivotal role. Castorp succumbs to a morbid interest in death, and abandons his career to embrace a life of lethargy." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [Der Zauberberg] Magic Mountain, The [Signed...
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 1939
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1939. Condition: Fine. First Editiion Thus. First Edition. First one volume edition. Original green cloth, fine, single pin point stain on top edge. Boldly SIGNED on the front free endpaper, in pen, by Thomas Mann. One of the great works of fiction of the 20th century. Great condition for this thick volume. By Author. Seller Inventory # 011440