Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1856. First edition Ex Library. Hardcover. Octavo. xvi, 512pp. Original umbra cloth with blind-stamped ruling and publisher's device on covers, gilt lettering on spine. Tan endpapers. With an analytical introduction and copious notes by H. Hotz, and an appendix containing a summary of the latest scientific facts bearing upon the question of unity or plurality of species by J. C. Nott.
Using scientific disciplines, linguistics and anthropology, Gobineau offers his studies into hidden causes of revolutions, bloody wars, and lawlessness. The German journalist and historian Joachim Fest described Gobineau's work as a major influence on Adolf Hitler, despite the fact that the text explicitly criticizes anti-Semitism. Nott and Hotz were white supremacists using Gobineau's text as a justification to define African Americans as inferior beings.
Binding with wear along edges, chips and light fraying at foredge, rubbed. Spine reinforced with brown library tape with gilt lettered part of original spine glued to tape. Usual library markings, barcode, sticker, library plate, index card and stamps. Red stamp of previous owner on front free endpaper, some inked initials. Inked name of previous owner on title page. Block lightly age-toned. Binding in overall fair +, interior in good condition. fair+ to g. Item #47016