first edition Hardcover
1968 · New York
by Benjamin, Walter; Hannah Arendt (Edited and with an Introduction by); Harry Zohn (Translated by)
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1968. First English language edition. Hardcover. g- to vg/very good. Octavo. (6), 280pp. Original illustrated wrappers over black cloth with gold lettering and publisher's device on spine. Ochre endpapers. This remarkable work is the first English translation of a selection from Benjamin's writings. It includes his views on Kafka, with whom he felt the closest personal affinity, his studies on Baudelaire and Proust, both of whom he translated, his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his noted, penetrating study on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," a cultural assessment of the interrelation of art, technology, and mass society, an illuminating discussion of translation as a literary mode, and his theses on the philosophy of history. Price clipped on inside flap. Light rubbing, creasing and chipping along edges of wrappers. Minor closed tear at top of back wrapper with one and a half inch closed tear, reinforced with tape on inside at tale of front joint of spine. Binding with very light wear along edges. Light age toning of block. Wraps in overall good-, binding and interior in very good condition.
(Inventory #: 44057)