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The Mothers: A Study of the Origins of Sentiments and Institutions (Three Volumes) (Out of Print)

by Briffault, Robert

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Binding: Hardcover

Book ID: A8851, A8851

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London: George Allen & Unwin LTD, 1952. Second Impression Hardcovers. Thick quartos. Three volumes. xx+ 784 pp. & xx + 792 pp. & xvi + 848 pp. Original purple cloth with gilt titling to spines; b&w illustrations, index, bibliography. Robert Briffault (1876 - 1948) was a French novelist, historian, social anthropologist. In this massive three volume work he explores the place of women in various cultures throughout the ages, and the mythologies and belief systems that defined their role, with a particular emphasis on sexual custom. Chapters include: "In the beginning was the Word"; Traditional Heredity; The Evolution of Motherhood; The Origin Of Love; The Herd and the Family Amongst Animals; The Primitive Human Group; The Motherhood; The Matriarchal Phase in Civilized Societies; Primitive Division OF Labor Between THE Sexes; The Institution Of Marriage; Group-Marriage And Sexual Communism; Group Marriage And Sexual Communism (continued) ; Promiscuity And Individual Marriage; Primitive Jealousy And Love; The Selection of a Husband and the Acquisition Of A Wife; The Social Evolution of Monogamic Marriage; Tabu; The Totem; The Witch And The Priestess; The Lord of the Women; The Resurrection and the Life; Primitive Cosmic Religion; The Magical Origin of Queens; The Great Mothers; Holy Matrimony; Modesty; Purity; Romance; Romance (continued); and The Mothers. Spines heavily faded, spine ends lightly chafed with a few tiny tears at lower ends, a few moderate bumps to lower edges, otherwise just light overall rubbing. Very slightly shaken. Endpapers unevenly browned, paper lightly browned but text bright and unmarked. Some rear page edges of Volume III bumped and creased at corners, not affecting text. Overall, a solid, clean VG set. No dust jackets.

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