Great Barrington, Massachusetts: SteinerBooks; Anthroposophic Press, 2016.
Paperback. 9 1/4" X 6". xlvii, 416pp. Pictorial paper wraps show mild edgewear. Previous owner's stamp to front free endpaper. Binding is firm, tight, and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very nice copy of the work of esotericist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the second volume of Spiritual-Scientific Commentaries on Goethe's Faust, number 273 in the Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner, with an introduction and commentary by Frederick Amrine. From rear: "Steiner’s account is completely unlike those of his contemporaries, including those Goethean scholars he most admired. His approach is not a philological construction of the ideal text, a positivistic account of the biographical genesis of the work or influences on Goethe, an intellectual and historical recasting of the drama as implied philosophical argument, or a view of the tale through the lens of an especially refined sensibility. Steiner’s discussions veer into each of these arenas, but, invariably, he steers back to his original course, stressing the least realistic, least historical, and least romantic aspects of Goethe. Steiner contributed to the scholarship on Faust by, above all, opening new aesthetic perspectives; by revealing the centrality of Greek Mystery religion within the archetypal unconscious of Faust; by showing the duality of evil latent within Goethe’s text; and by exploring an alchemical transformation of consciousness. In this volume, Steiner anticipates the best of Goethe’s Faust by helping us to see the Neoplatonic Faust, the Hermetic Faust, the archetypal Faust in short, the esoteric Faust." Very good. Item #4926