NIETZSCHE, Friedrich; HAUSSMANN, William A. & GRAY, John [translators]; TILLE, Alexander [editor]
T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1899. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. xxiii, 286pp + single leaf advertisements & notices; first UK edition – preceded by Macmillan US printing in 1897; large octavo; dark blue/green boards; gold title to front board and spine; embossed circular flower patterns to front & spine; rough-cut pages; small bookseller (Foyles) sticker inside front board; some mottled discolouring to front board; bubbling on rear board; 3cm cloth split at top rear board; corners bumped; gift inscription on half-title; internally excellent and a very good copy overall.
A Genealogy Of Morals was one of only four Nietzsche titles translated into English and produced under the editorship of German philosopher Alexander Tille. Intended to be a Complete Works in 11 volumes (this was to be vol 10), Nietzsche failed to gain a profitable following on either side of the Atlantic and the attempt ruined one small UK publisher (H. Henry & Co). Fisher Unwin also published Thus Spake Zarathustra, The Case Of Wagner; etc. & Beyond Good And Evil before Tille’s increasing anti-British sentiment saw him return to Germany (he had been in an academic post in Glasgow) with this project unfinished. Copies of any of the four completed texts are quite uncommon.