The Birth of God: A Play in One Act

The Birth of God: A Play in One Act

Heidenstam, Verner Von; Knudsen, Karoline [

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Price: $425.00

Place Published: Boston
Publisher: The Four Seas Company
Date Published: 1920
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Binding: Cloth
Condition: Fine
Book Id: 558


A Fine, Superior, copy of the first edition, first printing (a bit of crinkling and some tiny rubs to the spine tail) in a Fine dust jacket with three tiny tears, and one slightly larger - but still quite small - tear to the jacket's upper edge). Verner von Heidenstam won the 1616 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his significance as the leading representative of a new era in our literature". In the Play, a man who the Play names as "Stranger", feeling trapped in the daily sham of his life and seeking meaning and purpose in it, journeys to Egypt as part of his quest to find god. Amongst the ruins of Karnak (the ancient Egyptian Temple complex), he meets and converses with Dyskolus, an apparently ancient, and perhaps immortal, man, while, in the background, are idols of ancient Egyptian gods who seek new worshippers so that they may be restored to their ancient glory. [The Karnak Temple Complex remains one of the most-visited sites in Egypt, but presumably for purposes other than those which motivated von Heidenstam's "Stranger" to go there.] Copies of this first American edition are remarkably scarce to the market and copies in a condition as nice as is this copy are as scarce as hens' teeth. A Fine, Superior, copy. EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE.

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