The first edition, image courtesy of a private collector.
born: 7/2/1877 died: 8/9/1962 born as: Hermann Hesse
German novelist, poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, who principally deals with the individual's break with society to find spiritual fulfillment. With his appeal for self-realization and his celebration of Eastern mysticism, Hesse poshumously became a cult figure. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature