New York: Pantheon Books / Bollingen Series IX, 1947. First Edition. Octavo (23cm). Cloth-backed boards; 126pp. With presentation inscription from Hermann Broch to Ben and Bernarda Shahn: "To Bernarda and Ben with all good wishes in friendship / Hermann," dated "New Year, 1948." Mild external dusting and wear; Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper.
Broch, an Austrian, escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, going first to England and then to the United States, where he eventually settled in Princeton, just a few miles from the Shahns' home town of Roosevelt, New Jersey. His novel The Death of Virgil, completed in 1945, is considered one of the great pieces of modern exile literature. According to Shahn's children, Broch was a good friend and a frequent visitor to the Shahns' Roosevelt home.