RACIAL CONTRASTS, by Albert Gehring - 1908 [1st Ed]
Racial Contrasts: Distinguishing Traits of the Graeco-Latins and Teutons
by Albert Gehring
Presumed First Edition, published by: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York. 1908.
Hardback is overall in GOOD condition.
- Red covers feature gilt title on front and spine.
- Covers exhibit some light staining, with bumped and frayed corners.
- Spine is minimally sunned with rough ends.
- Binding is strong and secure.
- Gift inscription on ffep.
- Interior is gently age-toned, with minimal signs of age and wear, including nearly dime-sized stain in text pgs 210-226 (faded at distance), closed 1/2" tear at pg 213, and a 1" closed tear from title page through contents that stops before text begins.
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- Gilt to head of text block, while fore edges show perforations.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
237 pages. 5.75 X 8 inches.
An early study on contrasts and similitudes between different European (Aryan) races. The author chose to differentiate the European regions between the North/Northwestern peoples from the Central/Southeast (aka Dinaric, or Adriatic) races, or those speaking Germanic languages compared to those speaking Romance languages. He primarily refers to them as Teutonic and "Graeco-Latin."
"Most prominent among the Aryan races are the Graeco-Latins and Teutons : besides the ancient Greeks and Romans, the former comprise the ItaHans, Spaniards, Portuguese, French, and Wallachians ; the latter include the Germans, English, Dutch, and Scandinavians. Though resembling one another in many respects when compared with non-Aryan peoples, these races exhibit striking differences of character and institutions when contrasted inter se."
Although both writing style and topic seem outdated, the book yet continues to be printed, and is prized for its perspective and detail. This first edition is then a rare treat, and a lovely addition to a collector's library, particular dealing with European history, philosophy, and cultural anthropology.
Cleveland native Albert Gehring (1855-1939) was an American writer and teacher of both philosophy and music, making memorable contributions to both.
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