2 June 2004
KIERKEGAARD, Sören Aabye (1813-1855). Enten-eller: et Livs Fragment. Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel, 1843.
2 volumes, 8° (196 x 123mm). (Occasional spotting and light dampstaining.) Contemporary halfcalf gilt. Provenance: Giseldo Matthiasson (inscription on title) -- Kolding, C.G. Iversen's Bookshop (bookstamp on half-title).
FIRST EDITION. Published under the pseudonym Victor Eremita, Enten-eller is a discussion on the ethical and aesthetic ideals of life, and is the work on which Kierkegaard's reputation rests. 'It is a curious bundle of papers, essays, semi-dialogues and notes, seemingly ill-assorted, but in fact dialectically arranged. 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' (PMM 314); and another 26 works, predominantly FIRST EDITIONS (Copenhagen: 1841-1859), a list of which is available on request. (29)
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