New York: George Braziller, 1957. First Edition. 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. 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.