Franz Kafka's Scarce First Book Published in English, in the Incredibly Rare Original Dust Jacket

    Franz Kafka. The Castle. A Novel. London: Martin Secker, 1930. First edition of Kafka's first book to be translated into English (originally published as Das Schloss in 1926). Octavo. xii, [451], [1, colophon] pages. Publisher's full blue cloth, front cover and spine lettered in gilt, publisher's printed dust jacket on multi-colored paper. Jacket spine toned and chipped, some edgewear and light chipping to jacket, cloth spine and upper edges sunned, some rubbing to spine, some foxing to edges of text block. Still, a near fine copy of an exceedingly scarce book in dust jacket. This book precedes any other of Kafka's books in English by nearly seven years (the next two to be translated were The Trial and Metamorphosis). The Castle is far rarer than either of those books.

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