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1940 2vol Biblical "Joseph in Egypt" Pharaoh's Vizier Potiphar Amun Sheol Goshen

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,286) 99.4%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381757486251 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Joseph in Egypt by Thomas Mann; Translated from the German for the First Time by H.T. Lowe-Porter. DESCRIPTION: Two Hardbacks in Slipcase: 664 pages. Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Borzoi Books; (1940). An exceptionally nice cloth-bound two-volume set published in 1940. The books are probably unread, nicely bound on quality paper. There’s some very light yellowing to the pages, and some moderate scuffing and abrasion to the covers of the books where they have rubbed against one another and the cardboard sleeve (box) over the past 65 years. First owner’s bookplate and signed name dated 1941 in both volumes. Notwithstanding these slight blemishes, the books could almost be described “like new”. The slip case is soiled, yellow, with a seam slightly split. It bore the brunt of six decades of shelf wear, as it was designed to. This is a classic, Novel Prize Winning Amplification/Embellishment of the Biblical tale of Joseph in Egypt; who went from being sold into slavery by brothers jealous of his “coat of many colors” to being the Pharaoh’s Vizier. Contents include: 1) The Journey Downwards: Of the Silence of the Dead; To the Master; Talk by Night; The Temptation; A Meeting; The Fort of Thel. 2) The Entrance into Sheol: Joseph Sees the Land of Goshen and Comes to Per-sopd; The City of the Cats; Edifying On; Joseph at the Pyramids; The House of the Swaddled One. 3) The Arrival: River Journey; Joseph Goes Through Wese; Joseph Comes before Petepre’s House; The Dwarfs; Mont-kaw; Potipar; Joseph is Sold for a Second Time and Flings Himself upon his Face. 4) The Highest: How Long Joseph Stayed with Potiphar; In the Land of the Moderns; The Courtier; The Task; Huia and Tuia; Joseph Considers these Things; Joseph Speaks before Potiphar; Joseph Makes a Pact. 5) The Man of the Blessing: Joseph is Reader and Body-Servant; Joseph Flourishes as by a Spring; Amun Looks Askance at Joseph; Beknechons; Joseph Becomes Visibly and Egyptian; Account of Mont-kaw’s Simple Passing. 6) The Smitten One: The Word of Mistaking; The Opening of the Eyes; Husband and Wife; Threefold Exchange; In the Toils; The First Year; The Second Year; Of Joseph’s Chastity. 7) The Pit: Billets-Doux; The Painful Tongue (Play and Epilogue); Dudu’s Complaint; The Threat; The Lady’s Party; The Bitch; New Year’s Day; The Empty House; The Father’s Face; The Judgment. CONDITION: Very nice cloth-bound two-volume set. Judging by the binding tightness, I’d guess they were never read, or surely not read more than once. Nicely bound on quality paper. There’s some mild scuffing and abrasion to the covers of the books where they have rubbed against one another and the cardboard sleeve (box) over the past 65 years. Very small raised area on volume ii front cover from contact with liquid. Christmas dedication from 1939 on front end paper of volume i. Notwithstanding these slight blemishes, the books could almost be described “like new”. The slip case is soiled, yellow, and missing the top panel. It bore the brunt of six decades of shelf wear, as it was designed to. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: “Joseph in Egypt” is a two volume boxed set which comprises the third volume of the tetralogy “Joseph and his Brothers” which also includes “Tales of Jacob”, “Young Joseph”, and “Joseph the Provider”. An embellishment of the Biblical tale of Joseph who, after being taken captive to Egypt, became prominent in the Pharaoh's household and welcomed his brothers in the time of famine. The original of this book was published in German in 1936, for which Mann received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929. This remarkable translation of the Nobel Prize—winner’s great masterpiece was a major literary event. Thomas Mann regarded his monumental retelling of the biblical story of Joseph as his magnum opus. He conceived of the four parts; “The Stories of Jacob”, “Young Joseph”, “Joseph in Egypt”, and “Joseph the Provider”, as a unified narrative, a “mythological novel” of Joseph’s fall into slavery and his rise to be lord over Egypt. Deploying lavish, persuasive detail, Mann conjures for us the world of patriarchs and pharaohs, the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Palestine, and the universal force of human love in all its beauty, desperation, absurdity, and pain. The result is a brilliant amalgam of humor, emotion, psychological insight, and epic grandeur. Thomas Mann was born in 1875 in Germany. He was only twenty-five when his first novel, “Buddenbrooks”, was published. In 1924 “The Magic Mountain” was published, and, five years later, Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Following the rise of the Nazis to power, he left Germany for good in 1933 to live in Switzerland and then in California, where he wrote “Doctor Faustus” (first published in the United States in 1948). Mann was a true humanist who valued literature and believed in the necessity of protecting civilization against the ignorant forces of barbarity. By reading his works, one can gain a fuller knowledge, and deeper understanding of his rich literary world. And in his own words upon receiving the Nobel Prize, “the value and significance of my work for posterity may safely be left to the future; for me they are nothing but the personal traces of a life led consciously, that is, conscientiously". Thomas Mann died in 1955. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Here is a literary event of the first magnitude, the revitalization of ancient mythical material in terms of universal and therefore also in terms of contemporary needs. But purely as narrative and background there is a magnificent story here which exceeds in drama, opulence and movement anything that Hollywood has evener dreamed. It marks the establishment of a truly universal literature such as Goethe foresaw and such as Nietzche aspired to when he fulminated against the restrictions of nationalism. It is limited neither in the quality of its time element nor in its special environment. It belongs to the whole world, to life itself, for it represents in perfect artistic form the highest aspirations of humanity in this or any other day. REVIEW: “Joseph in Egypt” and the epic of which it is a part compose a masterpiece. It is great to us. It will be no less great to those who come after us. Of the hallmarks of true greatness it possesses many, and one indisputably: it is at once contemporary and classic. Here is the labor of a man deeply and richly of our own time, and yet it draws upon the storehouse of the past, so that it seems to have been written both today and always. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: A re-telling of the well-known Old Testament story of Joseph and his brothers, starting after he has been sold into slavery and taken to Egypt. In Doctor Faustus, Thomas Mann reached to the bottom of the German soul. In “Joseph and his Brothers”, a monumental historical biography from this famous German author, he did the same in respect of the God and his chosen people, the Jews. Fortunately, the result is much brighter and more optimistic. A Most delightful book to read, and a magnificent story of high drama in humanity. REVIEW: What a read! How Mann manages to pull suspense out of a story that everyone knows is just amazing. But it's a page turner from start to finish - all 664 pages of the two volumes. I love the way, every now and then, he makes reference to an occurance in the first two volumes, thus tying things together. And how Joseph matures - even here we see his pride that still needs a fall - thus he goes to prison. And the sexual explicitness was quite a surprise. But I see also here the seeds of our Christian and Judaic hang-up with sex - Joseph could not bed the mistress because he felt himself consecrated to his God. There was also loyalty to his master, of course, but I don't think that was his prime reason. And how Mut changed! Mann has used passion as an overwhelming evil thing when it is thwarted. I usually ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. However due to its susceptibility to damage, this book will ship boxed, and will be shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. 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