by Canetti, Elias (translated from the German by C.V. Wedgwood)
New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good in Good dj. 1947. First American Edition. Hardcover. [slight bumping/fraying at several corners, minor fading to cloth along edges of both covers, one-time owner's signature on ffep; jacket is worn at edges and corners, with a tiny bit of insect-nibbling at the foldovers and on the spine, small bits of paper loss at several corners, miscellaneous small tears and nicks, etc.]. Canetti's first book, originally published in Vienna (as "Die Blendung") in 1935, and better known today under the title of the first British edition (the first English translation, issued by Jonathan Cape in 1946), "Auto-da-Fé." Apparently the American publishers felt a less "foreign"-sounding title was called for, but this edition uses the same translation as the British edition, which was prepared "under the personal supervision of the author." It's the tale of a man's descent into degradation and madness after he is forced to abandon his treasured private library. . (Inventory #: 23842)
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