Nikos Kazantzakis, Ioulianos (Julian the Apostate), Signed by author, 1945, First Edition


First Edition and First Printing

Handsigned by Nikos Kazantzakis 




Νίκος Καζαντζάκης





(Julian the Apostate)


Printed in Athens by Nik. Pingouinos in 1945

First Edition and First Printing

Signed by Nikos Kazantzakis in the colophon Page

This Greek first edition is preceding all other editions.

Octavo,, Pages 109

Original Cover pages

Hand signed books by Nikos Kazantzakis are of highest scarcity


Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 – 1957) was a Greek writer, journalist, politician, poet and philosopher. Widely considered a giant of modern Greek literature, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in nine different years, and remains the most translated Greek author worldwide.

About the book: This work deals with the final hours of Julian the Apostate, during his expedition against the Persians in 363 AD. As the Persians move to encircle Julian’s army, the Christians plot his murder.

Writing history: In a letter sent to Prevelakis from Gottesgab in 1931, Kazantzakis confided that he had long found the figure of Julian moving, and that he was planning to write a major work entitled The Apostate. The tragedy was written in 1939, in Shakespeare’s daughter’s house in Stratford-on-Avon, as warplanes droned overhead. An excerpt was published in Kathimerini newspaper on 8th April 1940. Kazantzakis translated the play into French in 1948.

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