DAS GLASPERLENSPIEL. Versuch einer Lebensbescheibung des Magister Ludi Josef Knecht samt Knechts hinterlassenen Schriften. Zurich: Fretz & Wasmuth Verlag AG, . Octavo, two volumes; pp. [1-14] 15-451 ; [1-8] 9-441  [443-444: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original blue cloth, front panels stamped in gold, spine panels stamped in gold and black, top edges stained brown. First edition, first printing. This utopian novel set in the twenty-fifth century was the principal work for which Hesse received the 1946 Nobel Prize for Literature. The English translation became the capstone of the Hesse revival in America in the 1960s. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-212. Lewis, Utopian Literature, pp. 89-90. Negley, Utopian Literature 567. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 899-904. Bloch (2002) 1471. Not in Nagl. A fine copy in very good decorated dust jackets with some tanning, mostly to spine panels, and some damp spotting to spine panels. Uncommon in jacket. This copy is in the original cardboard slipcase. (#137999).
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