New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. First Edition thus. Hardcover. First American Edition of Camus's most explicit philosophical pronouncement. 8vo (213 x 140mm): ,viii,212,pp. Publisher's saffron paper-covered boards, stamped in blind, backed by black cloth spine lettered in gold; typographic dust jacket (price-clipped) printed in French blue and black. Upper board edges lightened, one corner worn, else a tight, clean, bright example, with jacket's spine panel very lightly faded. Roeming 0453. Near Fine+ / Near Fine+. Item #BB2038
First published by Gallimard, in 1942, as Le Mythe de Sisyphe and translated into English for this edition by Justin O'Brien, in 1955, in which Camus introduces the concept of the absurd and outlines his belief that "the individual has worth but lives in a world that denies such worth. The absurd is the clash between the order for which the human mind strives and the lack of order that one finds in the world." (enotes) In addition to the title essay, included are several miscellaneous pieces: a discussion of Franz Kafka, a self-interview on the responsibility of the artist, and four personal evocations of the landscape of Algeria. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).