The Theory of the Leisure Class. An Economic Study of Institutions

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New York: Macmillan, 1902. Second Printing of Veblen's first and most successful work, "one of the most provocative books ever written by an American intellectual," introducing the concept of "conspicuous consumption." (Adams) 8vo: viii,400,[4]pp. Publisher's forest green cloth, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges rough-cut. Penciled ownership signature to fly leaf, dated 1903. Spine ends lightly bumped, else a fresh, bright copy, firmly bound, about Fine. Adams (Radical Literature), p. 59. Originally published in 1899, Veblen's treatise entered the world as an academic economic analysis of contemporary America. But after William Dean Howells gave the book a rave review as a social satire, it became a bestseller. In The Theory of the Leisure Class, "Veblen sought to apply Darwin's evolutionism to the study of modern economic life. The industrial system, he wrote, required men to be diligent, efficient, and cooperative, while those who ruled the business world were concerned with making money and displaying their wealth; their outlook was survivalist, a remnant of a predatory, barbarian past. Veblen examined with obvious relish the 'modern survivals of prowess' in the amusements, fashions, sports, religion, and aesthetic tastes of the ruling class." (Britannica) "Into [his book, Veblen] poured all the acidulous ideas and fantastic terminology that had been simmering in his mind for years. It was a savage attack upon the business class and their pecuniary values, half concealed behind an elaborate screen work of irony, mystification and polysyllabic learning" (DAB). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.). First Edition. Fine.


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