Caligula and 3 Other Plays. Albert Camus.
Caligula and 3 Other Plays
Caligula and 3 Other Plays
Caligula and 3 Other Plays

Caligula and 3 Other Plays

New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1958. First American Edition. Hardcover. A collectibly flawed production (see below). "Although Albert Camus has been active in the theater during most of his career, this important aspect of his creative life has been little known in English-speaking countries. This volume- for which the author has written a special Preface- is the first complete publication, in English, of his major work to date as a playwright. All four plays are the superb stage pieces one would expect of a versatile man of the theater- Camus has been an actor, director, and adapter as well as a playwright- and each testifies to the intense and lucid concern with moral problems characteristic of his more familiar fiction and essays." (from front flap) Four plays- the title work Caligula, The Misunderstanding, State of Siege & The Just Assassins- by Albert Camus (1913-1960), the canonical French author who was among the premier practitioners of the Existential philosophy. This volume is the first collection of all four of these classic plays, translated into English by the great British scholar & critical writer Stuart Gilbert (1883-1969, known for his illuminating guide to James Joyce's Ulysses). With a special Preface by Camus for this edition, translated into English by Justin O'Brien. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first American edition as stated on copyright page. This copy was produced in a very interestingly &, we believe, collectibly flawed manner: The interior is completely upside-down & reversed in the covers, so that the green-dyed text block edge is at bottom rather than top, the "front" cover is the back cover upside-down, back cover vice-versa, & spine lettering reversed. We have never encountered this phenomenon in any volume among our vast offerings, let alone in copies of this edition that we have seen references to. Perhaps this copy will go down as the equivalent in books as the "Inverted Jenny" has in the lore of stamps (let's not get too excited...). A very important Camus collectible, with a dash of Dada & Surrealism inadvertantly added to its Existentialism. Book in exceptionally very fine (albeit mixed-up) condition with only a touch of wear & fading to edges & corners of covers & spine; very slight rubbing, browning & sparse spotting to upper & side edges of text block; a few faint scratches & hardly any fading to dark-green dyed lower (what should be upper as explained above) edge of same. Interior very fine; substantially mint. Dust jacket also very fine with only light rubbing & occasional spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #4543]

Price: $100.00