Thus Spake Zarathustra. Friedrich Nietzsche, Alexander Tille.
Thus Spake Zarathustra

Thus Spake Zarathustra. A Book for All and None

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1896. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's green cloth, spine gilt, boards blind-ruled.

First US edition of the brilliant and megalomaniacal German philosopher's "gorgeous disaster" (Harold Bloom), an aphoristic prose-poem in which he developed some of his most potent and lasting themes, including that of eternal recurrence, the übermensch, the death of God, and the will to power: "And he who must be a creator in good and evil – verily, he must first be a destroyer, and break values into pieces." The book received little attention in Nietzsche's own day, but eventually came to assert a hold on such disparate figures as Hitler, Emma Goldman, and H.L. Mencken. Nietzsche originally published the work in four parts at his own expense, between 1882 and 1891. The first translation into English was done by fellow German philosopher, and lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Alexander Tille, and was issued as vol. VIII in a projected 11-volume collected edition of Nietzsche's works, prepared under the supervision of the Nietzsche-Archiv in Naumburg, Germany. Disagreement remains over which English-language edition appeared first, the English or American, though both are scarce. With an introduction by Tille, and eight pages of publisher's ads in back. See PMM 370. Early owner signature to front free endpaper, traces of another erased signature to same leaf. Light sprinkled foxing to first and last few leaves, else a fresh, near fine copy. Item #337