Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1986 MINI LEATHER-BOUND HARDCOVER]

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Faust [Parts I & II] by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Gorgeous palm-sized [quarter for scale] heavyweight hardcover edition w gilded frontispiece, raised bands on spine, and marbled endpapers.   Printed in Spain. 

Pages have tanning and cover shows some minor cracking to leather around spine, otherwise excellent.  Appears unread. 

Goethe’s Faust reworks the late medieval myth of a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract with Mephistopheles. The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seeks to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last forever. But if Faust does bid the moment stay, he falls to Mephisto and must serve him after death. In this first part of Goethe’s great work, the embittered thinker and Mephistopheles enter into their agreement, and soon Faust is living a rejuvenated life and winning the love of the beautiful Gretchen. But in this compelling tragedy of arrogance, unfulfilled desire, and self-delusion, Faust heads inexorably toward an infernal destruction.