Place Published: Copenhagen
Publisher: University bookshop C.A. Reitzel
Date Published: 1843
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
UNCOMMON WITH ONLY 525 COPIES OF THIS EDITION PUBLISHED.
First edition with the often lacking half-titles. Text in Danish. 2 vols. 4-1/2 x 7-5/8 inches each. XX, , 470; , 368 pp. Første Deel indeholdende A.’s Papirer. Anden Deel, indeholdende B.’s Papirer, Breve til A. (2 Bd.). Forord dated 3 November 1842. Ownership inscription (Theodor Sommerfeldt) on titles, half-title in vol. 2 only, tears to half-title and title in vol. 2 (neatly repaired), light dampstaining to upper margins top centre. Bound in quarter calf (with raised bands and gilt tooling light fading to spines) and marbled paper boards. New endpapers. Overall, in very good condition. Carter/Muir - PMM 314. This is Kierkegaard’s first major philosophical work propounding the theory of choice and existence; only 525 copies of this edition were published in 1843 at Kierkegaard’s own expense.
"As a thinker, Kierkegaard had to wait for the twentieth century to find his audience; he is now generally considered to be, however eccentric, one of the most important Christian philosophers." (Printing and the Mind of Man, # 314.)
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.
Kierkegaard's magnum opus Either/Or was published 20 February 1843; it was mostly written during Kierkegaard's stay in Berlin, where he took notes on Schelling's Philosophy of Revelation. Either/Or includes essays of literary and music criticism and a set of romantic-like-aphorisms, as part of his larger theme of examining the reflective and philosophical structure of faith. Edited by "Victor Eremita", the book contained the papers of an unknown "A" and "B" which the pseudonymous author claimed to have discovered in a secret drawer of his secretary. Eremita had a hard time putting the papers of "A" in order because they were not straightforward. "B"'s papers were arranged in an orderly fashion. Both of these characters are trying to become religious individuals. Each approached the idea of first love from an esthetic and an ethical point of view. The book is basically an argument about faith and marriage with a short discourse at the end telling them they should stop arguing. Eremita thinks "B", a judge, makes the most sense. Kierkegaard stressed the "how" of Christianity as well as the "how" of book reading in his works rather than the "what" Wikipedia
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.
Very Good. Item #7393