NIETZSCHE, Friedrich; COMMON, Thomas [translator]; TILLE, Alexander [editor]
T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1899. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. xxiii, 354pp; first Fisher Unwin edition – preceded by H.Henry & Co (UK) & Macmillan (US) printings in 1896; large octavo; dark blue/green boards; gold title to front board and spine; embossed circular flower patterns to front & spine; rough-cut pages; some mottled discolouring to boards; some foxing to prelims; internally excellent and a very good copy overall. “The Case Of Wagner” 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 11 although list of titles opposite title page shows it as Vol 3 as per those previously printed by H. Henry & Co), 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”,”A Genealogy Of Morals” and “Beyond Good & 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.