METROPOLIS. Thea von Harbou.


Berlin: August Scherl, G.m.b.h., 1926. First Edition. Attractive copy of von Harbou's best-known work, a novel of class struggle set in a futuristic urban dystopia. Fritz Lang's 1927 film adaptation, with a screenplay co-written by von Harbou, would go on to premiere in more than 40 countries between 1927-1929. A cornerstone work of science fiction, whose super-scientific future city and contribution to robot culture can be seen in everything from Star Wars to Blade Runner. Bleiler (1948 ed.), p.141; Barron 3-23 (Anatomy of Wonder, 1976 ed.). Item #2969

First Impression, cloth issue. Octavo (19cm); publisher's green linen boards, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt and red on spine and front cover; yellow edge-staining; dustjacket; 274,[1],[5]pp ads. Hint of a forward lean, base of spine gently nudged, else very Near Fine, fresh internally, without rubbing to cloth or decorative elements. In the original dustjacket designed by Walter Reimann; hint of sunning to spine, light wear to extremities, with a few small nicks and short edge tears, and shallow loss to crown; an unrestored, Very Good+ example.

Price: $8,500.00

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