Hardback with dust jacket, first English edition, 1967. Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim with a preface by George Boas and an introduction by Joseph Campbell. Adapted from "Johann Jakob Bachofen: Mutterrecht und Urreligion", a selection edited by Rudolf Marx, published 1954 by Alfred Kroener Verlag, Stuttgart.
In this volume a selection of the work of the influential Swiss social philosopher Johann Jacob Bachofen (1815-1887) is for the first time available in English. Bachofen's name is most often associated with the theory of matriarchy, or "mother right", as a phase of human history, though this was only one aspect of his contribution to social thought.
Blue boards in excellent condition, lettering on spine is bright and clear. Dust jacket is price-clipped, somewhat discoloured, foxed, with approx 1 inch tears to front near spine top and bottom and other smaller tears. No inscriptions or markings that we can see. Pages are bright internally although with some marks to ends, and binding is sound.