The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts.New York: The Macmillan Company, 1914 Stock Code: 145940
First edition, first printing. "As in other work by Veblen, an extensive anthropological-historical background provides the underpinning for his argument. The theme was not a new one for him, but he developed it more fully than in earlier works. Humans, he declared, have a basic instinct to create things of usefulness to themselves and others. That instinct can become perverted by the social institution of private ownership, which leads to the predominance of the "pecuniary" over the "industrial" elements in society. Further development of this theme or variations of it appear in his later books" (ANB).
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Brentano's bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown, contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper. Spine darkened with lettering faded, extremities a little worn, contents clean. A good copy.
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