London: H. Henry and Co. Ltd., 1896. First U.K. edition. Rare first UK edition published by H. Henry and Co., not the more common Macmillan edition. A Near Fine copy overall, with cracks at the inner hinges professionally repaired, otherwise a clean attractive copy.
Among the most influential works of Nietzsche, Zarathustra is also rightly considered a brilliant literary masterpiece. "The ancient Persian religious leader Zarathustra serves as the voice for Nietzsche's views, including the controverial doctrine of the Ubermensch" (Common). For Nietzsche, the Ubermensch stood for the greatest human achievement of greatness of will, and the completion of the individual goal of leaving behind weakness for perfection. The work's infamous utterance that "God is Dead" sought to replace untouchable divinity with human transcendance, and to encourage humans to pursue their own betterment. Considered one of his most accessible philosophical works, Zarathustra has also been surrounded with controversy, particularly emerging out of Third Reich leaders' fascination with the concept of the Superman. Ultimately, Zarathustra is a work of "blazing intensity and poetic brilliance," with an argument at its hear that "the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submittion to authority, but in an all-powerful life force that is passionate, chaotic, and free" (Kaufman). Near Fine (Item #2604)