Hardcover. Gloucester MA, Peter Smith, reprint, 1985, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, green cloth covers, 569 pages. Two decades after Darwin, intellectuals were writing about the evolution of everything. In England Edward Taylor focused on material culture such as fire making, cooking, or tool making. In America, Lewis Henry Morgan, concentrated on social evolution combined with subsistence techniques. His thinking was influenced by his Iroquois neighbors in New York. Like many others he posited three stages of evolution: savagery, barbarism and civilization, but he refined the three periods with three subperiods. In Lower savagery, for example, he saw humans subsisting on fruits and roots in tropical climes, using gesture language and marrying siblings in a consanguine family. Middle savagery saw fish subsistence, monosyllabic language, and marriage of cousins. Bows and arrows appeared in Upper Savagery along with syllabic language, clans, and tribal organization. Obviously Morgan was speculating on most of the developments, but he had found arguments for his positions from the reports of explorers and missionaries around the world. As a result, Morgan inspired an era of inquisitive thought that led to the development of American anthropology. Name on front fly leaf, otherwise clean.
Hardcover. Boston, Roberts Brothers, 1st, 1895, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Two volumes complete. 811 pages, many b&w illustrations. Green cloth with black rule, gilt design and lettering, top edge gilt. Volume one with fraying to cloth at top of spine, previous owner's sticker inside front covers. Otherwise clean, very good set.
Softcover. New York, Jill Newhouse, 1st, 1983, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Unpaginated, staple-bound pamphlet, with 47 black-and-white illustrations. Price list for works laid in. Light soiling, edge-wear, and shelf-wear to covers. A little foxing to top edge. Otherwise, clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. NY, Knopf, 6th pr., 2015, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 615 pages. WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE. * Pulitzer Prize finalist that's as unsettling as it is enlightening: a book that brilliantly weaves together the story of cotton with how the present global world came to exist. "Masterly . An astonishing achievement." --The New York Times The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Sven Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of modern capitalism, including the vast wealth and disturbing inequalities that are with us today. In a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful politicians recast the world's most significant manufacturing industry, combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to make and remake global capitalism. Clean copy.
Hardcover. Seattle, WA, University of Washington Press, 1st, 2016, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 224 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor edgewear. A tight copy. Contemporary portraits of key personalities aboard the ship, scale models and plans of the ship itself, scientific instruments taken on the voyage, commemorative medals and sketches, the objects (over 140) featured in this book tell the story of the Endeavour voyage and its impact ahead of the 250th anniversary in 2018 of the launch of this seminal mission. Artwork made both during and after the voyage will be seen alongside actual specimens. By comparing the voyage originals with the often stylized engravings later produced in London for the official account, Endeavouring Banks investigates how knowledge gained on the mission was gathered, revised, and later received in Europe. Items that had been separated in some cases for more than two centuries are brought together to reveal their fascinating history not only during but since that mission. Original voyage specimens are featured together with illustrations and descriptions of them, showing a rich diversity of newly discovered species and how Banks organized this material, planning but ultimately failing to publish it. In fact, many of the objects in the book have never been published before.
Hardcover. New York, Picador, 1st Edition, 2015, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 566 pages. Hardcover. Full page, full color and b/w illustrations throughout. Dust jacket with graphic illustration in very good condition. Clean, unmarked copy.
Hardcover. Paris, Corbet Aine Libraire, 1st Thus, 1836, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 2 leather bound volumes. FRENCH TEXT. Black & white illustrations, each volume with fold-out map in rear. Volume 1 with rubbing, chipping to leather covers. 1" piece of leather missing at bottom of spine. Marbled endpapers. Light foxing throughout. Volume 2 with rubbing, chipping to leather covers. Marbled endpapers. Light to moderate foxing throughout. Both volumes with clean, unmarked texts.
Hardcover. Boston/New York, Bedford/ St. Martin's, 4th pr., 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 1224 pages plus appendix, color illustrations. Pictorial boards, very heavy textbook. Clean, tight copy. Light bump to cover corner otherwise very good. DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY.
Hardcover. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 1980, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 239 pages. Illustrated with full color photographs. Foxing to endpapers, with faint darkening to page edges. Dust jacket shows light wear. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. New Haven, S. Converse, 4th Ed., 1823, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 856 pages, the Fourth Edition, revised and corrected of this classic work. Bound in worn calf with an inch and a half tear to top of spine. Previous owners signatures on front fly leaf. Very good with light, scattered foxing. Issued with an separate atlas of maps which is missing.
Hardcover. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, Reprint, 1971, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 204 pages. Hardcover. Brick cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. Light pencil marking to endpapers. Otherwise, clean & tight copy.
Softcover. Washington DC, National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1st, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 408 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light edgewear and rubbing to wrappers, else a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1st, 2000, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 328 pages with bibliography and index. A revised and abridged version of Watkins earlier work on Soane (1753-1837), concentrating on the twelve lectures the eminent architect gave to the Royal Academy between 1810 and 1820, dealing with the huge scope of the lessons to be gained from world architecture.
Hardcover. NY, Knopf, 1st, 2012, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. 418 pages, b&w illustrations. From the author of the best-selling One Minute to Midnight, a riveting account of the pivotal six-month period spanning the end of World War II, the dawn of the nuclear age, and the beginning of the Cold War. When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace--but instead set the stage for a forty-four-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent. These six months witnessed some of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century: the cataclysmic battle for Berlin, the death of Franklin Roosevelt, the discovery of the Nazi concentration camps, Churchill's electoral defeat, and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. While their armies linked up in the heart of Europe, the political leaders maneuvered for leverage: Stalin using his nation's wartime sacrifices to claim spoils, Churchill doing his best to halt Britain's waning influence, FDR trying to charm Stalin, Truman determined to stand up to an increasingly assertive Soviet superpower.
Hardcover. Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1st, 1961, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, lightly worn dust jacket. "The Great Epidemic" by A. A. Hoehling is a dramatic documentary about the worst plague in history, the flu epidemic of 1918. Between March and December five hundred thousand Americans perished, and nearly twenty million sickened.
Hardcover. New York, HarperCollins Publishers, First Edition, 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 845 pages. Hardcover SIGNED BY AUTHOR to title page. Brown cloth covers with orange titles to spine. Black & white illustrations throughout. Bright dust jacket with only marginal wear. Clean & unmarked. A nice copy.