The Tower and the Abyss: an Inquiry into the Transformation of the Individual
New York: George Braziller, 1957. First Edition. Octavo (21cm). Black cloth boards, lettered in white; dustjacket; 327pp. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper to artists Ben and Bernarda Shahn: "for Ben and Bernarda with love / Erich," dated in March, 1957. A Very Good copy in rubbed and edgeworn dustwrapper. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with estate label tipped on to front pastedown.
Nice association copy of Kahler's most influential work, a cross-disciplinary study of alienation in the modern world. Kahler (1885-1970) emigrated from Prague in 1938; he was long on the faculty of Princeton University and taught at Black Mountain College for one year (1946-47). A number of Kahler titles, all warmly inscribed, were in the Shahns' library, suggesting a long and continuous friendship.