Publisher Information: New York: Henry Holt, 1890.
James, William (1843-1910). The principles of psychology. 2 vols. , xii, 689; , vi, 704, 8 (adverts.)pp. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1890. 218 x 142 mm. Original olive cloth, gilt-lettered spines, light wear, a few tiny splits in spinal extremities. Light toning, minor offsetting on Vol. I title, but a very good set.
First Edition, later impression. James’s textbook of psychology represents one of the first attempts to treat psychology as a natural science in which the mind is conceived of as being subject to both Darwininan evolutionary principles and to acts of will. “The book presents, in masterly language, a wealth of naturalistic observation about human behaviour and conscious experience . . . It makes clear that psychology concerns, and is of concern to, the lives of individual people. It is exploratory, not consistently scientific in spirit, and arrives at no coherent theory of psychology. However, it widens horizons and raises issues that have, in the twentieth century, been approached scientifically. It raises many issues that still challenge scientific enquiry” (Oxford Companion to the Mind, p. 396).
The Principles was printed from stereotype plates so that only one edition exists, with numerous printings all made from the original set of plates. The first impression can be distinguished by the reading “the seat of intellectual power” in Vol. I, p. 10, lines 9-10, and by the reading “object of sensation” in Vol. II, p. 101, line 20. Garrison-Morton.com 4977.2. Norman 1153.Book Id: 44554