Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.
Le système totémique en Australie.Paris: Librairie Félix Alcan, 1912 Stock Code: 140596
NotesFirst edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A mon collegue D. Parodi, Bien cordialement, E. Durkheim".
The recipient, Dominique Parodi (1870-1955), was among Durkheim's collaborators on their journal Année sociologique, subsequently the General Inspector of Public Instruction in France from 1919-1934, where he presided over the diffusion of durkheimian ideas in the schools, and later editor of the Revue de métaphysique et de morale from 1935-1955.
This sociological study of religion is one of Durkheim's most influential works. "In his last great work, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Durkheim gave his most compelling demonstration of the structuralist method, tracing relationships between social organization, religious beliefs, and such fundamental categories of thought as space, time, and causation. He seemed to have brought about the 'sociologization of everything'" (Thompson).
Loosely inserted is a sheet with two portrait attempts and a few hand-written notes.
Octavo (220 x 137 mm). Contemporary black morocco-backed green marbled boards, titles in gilt direct to spine, green marbled endpapers, top edge speckled, others untrimmed, green silk page marker.
Folding map printed in red and black.
Binding sometime expertly restored, extremities rubbed, a touch of sunning along head of front board, else firm and square, a few pencil annotations, light marginal toning, else internally clean. A very good copy.
Lukes 1912a; Ken Thompson, "Émile Durkheim", 2002, p. 23.
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