London: Harvill Press, 1996. Octavo, original blue cloth lettered in gilt, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket designed by Chris Corr. Illustrated with black and white photographs throughout text. Lightest edgewear to jacket.
First English edition of W.G. Sebald's elegaic second novel, first published in German in 1992. Illustrated with grainy photographs in documentary style, The Emigrants follows four displaced Germans who remain haunted by the war years: “that tragedy in my youth struck such deep roots within me that it later shot up again, put forth evil flowers, and spread the poisonous canopy over me which has kept me so much in the shade and dark in recent years." The Emigrants won several major awards upon publication, including the Berlin Literature Prize, and Michael Hulse's 1996 English translation gained Sebald a committed Anglophone readership on both sides of the Atlantic. A bright, near-fine copy.