Large 8vo, pp. 71, printed on thick paper, title printed in blue and black; a fine, large copy, uncut in the rare original green decorative paper wrappers, blue printed label on upper cover; in a folding cloth box.
US $7357 €6232
First edition, one of 1000 copies printed, of Kafka’s story In the Penal Colony.
Dietz 50; Raabe 146.5; Wilpert/Gühring 5.
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