München [Munich]: Oskar Beck, 1922.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Author. Spengler, Oswald. DER UNTERGANG DES ABENDLANDES. Umrisse Einer Morphologie der Weltgeschichte. München [Munich]: Oskar Beck, 1922, 1923. Two octavo Volumes: pp 559, 637. [Translated into English as THE DECLINE OF THE WEST]. The Rare limited edition of 150 numbered copies; this set numbered 33 on the limitation page of each volume and SIGNED by Spengler on the limitation page in volume I. Both volumes are uniformly bound in the publisher's gilt-ruled dark blue morocco, the spine with 5 raised bands, red morocco gilt-lettered label, elegant hand-made marbled endpapers, top-edge gilt. A near fine superb example of this rare issue, [small archival repair to the head of volume I & corners] the text block free of blemish. [1922 forward by Spengler]. Volume II is the 1st edition published in 1922. Volume I is an early printing but the first in this binding by Beck who acquiring the copyright from Braunmuller, the Viennese academic house that published the original 1st edition in 1918. Beck also published an unsigned trade edition uniformly bound in cream coloured paper covered boards printed with black titles & graphics. "During the period after the First World War, is a politico-sociological phenomenon that has nothing to do with the intrinsic merits or demerits of this 'new outlook on history and the philosophy of destiny', as the author himself described the aim of his book. . . it was the major prophet, Toynbee, who took up the mantle that fell from the minor prophet, Spengler". - PMM, PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN # 410. A rare set. Surviving original cardboard slipcase neatly restored. Custom collectors gilt bordered blue leather outer slipcase in very fine condition.
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