In 'A Little History of the World', Ernst Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb in forty chapters. There emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, the spread and limitations of science, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
In 1935, with a doctorate and no job, the 25 year-old Gombrich was invited by Walter Neurath (later founder of Thames and Hudson) to attempt a history of the world for younger readers. Written in an intense six weeks, Eine Kurze Weltgeshichte für Junge Leser was first published in Vienna the same year. An immediate success, it has since been translated into seventeen languages, tailored for the different markets. The original German edition was reissued in 1985 with an Epilogue bringing the story to the present, and Gombrich further revised it shortly before his death, aged 92, in 2001.
This hardback edition was published by Yale University Press in 2005, translated from the original german edition. It is complete with its dustwrapper and is bound in red cloth boards which are gilt-stamped on the front and spine. There are attractive, patterned endpapers. There are a few minor marks on the dustwrapper, on the page before the title page, and some spots on the edge of the page block, but the book is in a good condition overall.