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Anthropologie structurale; [together with] Anthropologie structurale deux.

[Paris]: Librairie Plon, 1958 & 1973 Stock Code: 118218
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Scarce first editions inscribed by the author to fellow social anthropologist Raymond Firth

Scarce first edition, first impression, presentation copies, inscribed by the author to fellow social anthropologist and ethnologist Sir Raymond Firth on the half-titles, "A Raymond Firth, avec l'amitié de Claude Lévi Strauss" and "To Raymond Firth, with warmest regards, Claude Lévi Strauss". Anthropologie structurale and Anthropologie structurale deux present a collection of foundational essays written over the course of nearly two decades and which were key to the development of the theories of structuralism and structural anthropology.

Firth (1901-2002) was a lecturer at the London School of Economics and became particularly well known for his study of Maori culture. Lévi-Strauss admired Firth's work and contributed to the papers read at the celebration of Firth's life and works in 2004.

The six cuttings laid in to Anthropologie structurale contain reviews of ethnographic, economic, and anthropological works by Raoul and Laura Makarius, Serge Latouche, and Bernard Delfendahl, as well as the front cover for the 1973 catalogue for Editions Anthropos.

The five documents laid in to Deux are:

a) Three-page signed typewritten draft of Firth's review of D. M. Goodfellow's Principles of Economic Sociology (1939), published in the Royal Institute of Philosophy's journal (1941), annotated by Firth.

b) Four-page printed review of La Pensée sauvage by Nur Yalman from the American Anthropologist.

c) Note card from Lévi-Strauss to Firth dated 15 May 1968.

d) Note card from Firth to unknown recipient, dated 24 May 1977.

e) Note on paper, possibly in Firth's handwriting, discussing the translation of the title of Lévi-Strauss's La Pensée sauvage.

f) Note on yellow paper, possibly in Firth's handwriting, laid in to p. 139, on the distinction between formalism and structuralism.

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2 works, octavo. Un: uncut and partly unopened in original paper wrappers, spi ne and wrappers lettered and ruled in black and red. With 6 cuttings stapled and laid in. Deux: original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket and 6 documents laid in. Housed in a red cloth flat-back box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Un: 4 double-sided photographic plates, numerous illustrations to the text. Deux: 13 diagrams to the text. A few neat pencil and ink annotations to contents.


Un: spine sunned, wrappers creased, extremities nicked, hinges cracked but firm. Deux: spine ends rubbed, corners gently bumped, a few small nicks to dust jacket extremities. Both very good copies.


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