Notes: 255 pages. A collection of book review essays from the New York Review of Books.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
This is an unusual copy as it is inscribed TO Gould, from the Russian-British historian and philosopher Isaiah Berlin: "To the wonderful Stephen Jay Gould—from his admiring ally/disciple; with deepest [?] and admiration. Isaiah Berlin. Oxford 19.7.91." Gould gave the first annual lecture at Oxford in a series named after Berlin in 1991 that continues to this day, perhaps giving rise to the occasion for this inscription. Berlin is one of the dedicatees of this book making this something like a dedication copy (or dedication-copy adjacent, anyway).
Obtained from Gould's Harvard office library. With a posthumous tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay "A Seahorse for All Races" Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: "Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book." We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.
Publication: New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1987.
Item No: #2581