Westport, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1977. Ackermann, Helmut. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1600 copies, quarto size, 193 pp., signed by Helmut Ackermann, with LEC Monthly Letter. Fine / near fine. Item #171031070
The tenth novel by acclaimed German author Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), "Steppenwolf" deals with the protagonist's spiritual crisis as he is torn between his humanity and his more vicious, "wolf-like" tendencies; like many of Hesse's other works, the novel examines spirituality and the search for authenticity grounded in the self.
This publication by the Limited Editions Club is illustrated with woodcuts by German painter and printmaker Helmut Ackermann (1936-2017), who conveys a raw sense of turmoil running through the protagonist and indeed the entire book; the sharp contrasts in the woodcuts visualise the isolation and sense of searching that pervades the novel.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter black grained cowhide with grey cloth boards, gilt lettering on the spine, grey endpapers, black-and-white woodcuts, vignettes within the text as well as full-page illustrations by Helmut Ackermann throughout; monotype Emerson type, Curtis Colophon cream-white paper, quarto size (11.5" by 8"), pagination: [i-viii] ix [x] [1-2] 3-181  [1 colophon], one of 1600 copies, this number 351, signed by Helmut Ackermann on the colophon. Loosely laid in is the LEC Monthly Letter, one sheet folded once with one horizontal crease for mailing, the announcement for the book, and a newspaper clipping from the "Los Angeles Times", dated 1979, about Hermann Hesse and his writing. In a glassine wrapper, housed in a slipcase covered grey paper, with gilt lettering on the spine.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The LEC Monthly Letter and announcement are fine, clean and without wear. The glassine wrapper is near fine, clean, with slight edge wear to the head and tail of the spine, and some sunning to the spine. The slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall with minor spots of soiling, some light wear along the edges of the spine, and overall sunning to the paper.
___CITATION: LEC no. 504.
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