Science in History
1954, the first edition of J D Bernal's monumental work
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14.5cm, xxiv + 967pp.
Science in History by scientist and historian John Desmond Bernal was the first comprehensive attempt to analyse the reciprocal relations of science and society throughout history. It is a monumental work covering science and its relation to society from the earliest times to the (then) present day. "The canvas is vast, stretching from the first gropings of the Babylonians and Egyptians through three millenniums of progressive control." It continues through the scientific revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the First World War.
The book itself is in very good condition with some dulling to the cloth spine and dusting to the pages' top edge. The dustwrapper is heavily rubbed to the corners, edges and spine ends, and has been price-clipped, but is now within a protective sleeve.