Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is generally considered one of Germany’s greatest writers and philosophers. His controversial philosophical works provide a revolutionary challenge to Christianity and traditional morality. He is perhaps best known for his declaration of the death of God and his concepts of the Übermensch and the Will to Power. His works have influenced countless philosophers, writers, and artists since his death. The Friedrich Nietzsche First Editions collection includes the first edition of all Nietzsche’s published works in their original wrappers, from his early philological essays in the journal Rheinisches Museum fur Philologie to the posthumously published Ecce Homo. The only other known complete collection in original wrappers is in the Nietzsche Haus Museum in Sils Maria, Switzerland. The collection was a 2001 gift from Professor Alexander Nehamas with funds provided by his Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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