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GOULD, Stephen Jay.

The Mismeasure of Man.

Published: New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1981

Stock code: 87647

Price: £750

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First edition, first printing of one of Gould’s most famous and controversial books. Inscribed by the author on the half title, “For Larry Owens, best wishes, Stephen Jay Gould”. In The Mismeasure of Man, Gould analyses craniometry and IQ testing to point out the unconscious biases and a priori assumptions built into much “scientific” research. Though researchers recently made the case that Gould was incorrect about one aspect of the book’s argument, it still stands as an important indictment of biological determinism and a lucid reminder that those engaged in research of any type must be aware of their own privilege and biases. A superb copy, rare in such beautiful condition.

Octavo. Original grey boards, red cloth backstrip, titles to spine in gilt and silver. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the jacket with slightly sunned spine panel.

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