New Haven: Yale University Press, 1953. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's orange cloth, spine and upper board stamped in burgundy, original black-and-white printed dust jacket.
"A driving force in all [Sartre's] writing is his serious desire to change the life of the reader. It is perhaps this which makes his philosophical consciousness stop short of a critical awareness of language. When one is concerned to persuade and communicate one is, as Sartre himself has put it, too much inside language to see it as a structure of the external world" (from the introduction). Acclaimed Irish novelist and philosopher Murdoch's first book, and the first monograph in English on the French Existentialist. Inscribed on the title-page with a flourish by Murdoch: "Iris Murdoch/With best wishes and greetings to Rolland Comstock/June 1988." Comstock was a noted Missouri attorney and bibliophile, the circumstances of whose 2007 death by gunshot remain unsolved, though it has been suggested his wife murdered him, in part for buying too many books. With a brief biographical note and a bibliography. Issued as part of Yale's Studies In Modern European Literature and Thought series, edited by Erich Heller. Published simultaneously in the UK. Comstock's bookplate and initialed pencil notes to upper pastedown, early owner ink signature to front free endpaper, bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Faintly toned at edges, bottom corners bumped; spine-ends of unclipped dust jacket lightly rubbed, with vertical crease to spine. Very good. Item #149