The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi). Herman Hesse, Richard Winston, Clara Winston, Theodore Ziolkowski, Trans., Foreword.

The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi)

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969.

First American Edition, 1st Printing. Hardcover. 8 1/2" X 6". xix, 558pp. Book presents nicely with unclipped dust jacket encased in protective archival sleeve. Wear to jacket with rubbing, toning, and creasing to covers, corners, and edges. 2 1/4" closed tear to jacket at spine. Bound in brown cloth over baords with spine backed in blue and lettered in white and gilt. Faint soiling to cloth at spine. Gentle bumps to corners and to head and tail of spine. Previous owner's stamp to front free endpaper. Rippling to first several pages. Rear cover has been reinforced with clear tape at hinge. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

The Glass Bead Game is an ultra-aesthetic game which is played by the scholars, creamed off in childhood and nurtured in elite schools, in the province of Castalia. The Master of the Glass Bead Game, Joseph Knecht, holds the most exalted office in Castalia. He personifies the detachment, serenity and aesthetic vision which reward a life dedicated to perfection of the intellect. But can, indeed should, man live isolated from hunger, family, children, women, in a perfect world where passions are tamed by meditation, where academic discipline and order are paramount? This is Herman Hesse’s great novel. It is a major contribution to contemporary philosophic literature and has a powerful vision of universality, the inner unity of man’s cultural ideals and his search for personal perfection and social responsibility. Good / good. Item #9425

Price: $60.00