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The Golem.

Translated by Madge Pemberton.

Stock Code 99510

London, Victor Gollancz, 1928

Original price $2,897.00 - Original price $2,897.00
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A very good first edition in English of this phantasmagoric classic of horror, suspense and dreamlike mysticism, replete with the superb dust-jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer. Der Golem by Gustav Meyrink was first published serially between 1913 & 1914 in Germany, in Die Wiessen Blatter, before being published in book form in 1915 by Kurt Wolff Verlag, interestingly also the publishers of that other metaphysical visionary, Franz Kafka.

This weird & supernatural tale set in historic Prague brought the legend of the golem, a creature born from clay by Kabbalistic magic to serve as guardian for the Jewish people, to the attention of an international readership for the first time, particularly with this edition and the subsequent American edition published in 1928 (the first American edition was issued from the English sheets). The Golem found mostly favourable reviews, exciting the New York Times sufficiently to comment: 'Written with grace and an uncommon power to evoke eerie reactions by nebulous suggestion, [The Golem is] apt to give one moments of what is vulgarly known as the creeps.' (1928). The English Book Review was somewhat less enthralled, instead finding the plot 'irritatingly muddled at intervals'. Nevertheless, it soon became a cult classic, inspiring at least two film versions, as well as the novelist Isaac Bashevis Singer (The Golem, 1969), and a 2000AD Judge Anderson story no less.

First English edition, first impression; 8vo; foxing to preliminary/terminal leaves and the extremities of the text-block, 2 small ownership stamps to front free endpaper; publisher's black cloth lettered in red to spine, dust-jacket by E. McKnight Kauffer, some gentle rubbing to extremities, small closed tear to one corner, a little very minor discolouration inplaces, but overall an excellent, unsophisticated example.

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