This abridged English translation by Cynthia Rowland of the original French text, published in 1947, was prepared with the approval of Mounier's literary executors. It leaves out some of the many case histories and sections which are very orientated towards French readers, and these are indicated by asterisks in the text, with footnotes indicating their nature . The book was considered at the time to bring together all the aspects of the human character which are usually only found in scientific papers, academic research and psychological manuals.
Blue boards with black lettering on the spine, dust jacket in reasonable condition, with minor tears and some discolouration. Previous owner's name inside front cover. Frontispiece of the author, 341 plus ix pages including three appendices and comprehensive index.
The French editionof some 800 pages, which Mournier considered his life,s work, sold over 200,000 copies in France.