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OSBORN, Fairfield.

Our Plundered Planet.

Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1948 Stock Code: 138301

One of the founding texts of modern environmentalism

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First edition, first printing, of one of the founding texts of modern environmentalism, the best-selling work of the conservationist Henry Fairfield Osborn Jr (1887-1969) and one of the first popular environmental books.
Dedicated "to all who care about tomorrow", Our Plundered Planet urges its readers to recognize humankind's silent but systematic destruction of the earth, calling for a halt to "man's suicidal war with nature, man's incredible faith that he can go on plundering the earth indefinitely and still find enough to sustain him" (Edwin Seaver, p. 1 of the laid-in review leaflet). It and William Vogt's Road to Survival (published the same year) were largely responsible for the Malthusian revival of the 1950s and 60s, and both were of significant influence to Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb.

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Octavo. Original pale orange cloth, spine lettered and stamped in red, earth device stamped centrally to front board in red.


A very good copy, the contents bright and clean, spine faintly faded, ends and corners bumped, cloth a little soiled in places. Ex-library copy, with the deaccessioned label of the University of Reading's Institute of Agricultural History to front pastedown, neat shelfmarks to lower spine and front free endpaper.


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