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F.W. Nietzsche – A Genealogy of Morals: Poems. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1899

First edition in English, the sheets printed by Naumann in Leipzig then bound in the UK.

Provenance: Edward Garnett’s copy. The critic and literary editor Edward Garnett (1868-1937) was working at this time for the Fisher Unwin publishing house. He was a close friend of D.H. Lawrence and of Joseph Conrad, whose interest in Nietzsche he helped to spark. Garnett’s article published in the same year as this book was a milestone in the English reception of Nietzsche: ‘It is because Nietzsche challenges Modernity, because he stands and faces the modern democratic rush … Because he opposes a creative aristocratic ideal to negate the popular will … That he is of such special significance’ (‘Nietzsche’, Outlook, 8 July 1899, pp. 746-8).

Large 8vo, xx, [iv], 286, [2] pp., publisher’s embossed cloth, faded, stained and worn-looking, gilt lettering dulled, green endpapers, inscribed ‘Edward Garnett, 1900’ on title-page, two marginal annotations, otherwise internally clean and with two preliminary leaves unopened, externally a shabby copy (as usual with this edition, which was bound in inferior cloth) but one with an interesting association.

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