The first English edition of the French existential classic by Albert Camus, published by Hamish Hamilton in 1948 with a second impression in 1949. This edition features the extraordinary cover art by Michael Ayrton, which makes the book collectible in its own right. The Plague was published in France in 1947 at a time when the politics of France’s colonial involvement in North Africa, and the cholera epidemic that decimated thousands in Oran, Algeria, caused the author to re-examine the meaning of the human condition. The Plague found a new audience during the global COVID-19 pandemic for its remarkable parallels to today’s challenges.
In near-new condition, with its cover in pristine condition and the original English price sticker still attached. Very rare and sought after.