Psyche's Task: A Discourse Concerning the Influence of Superstition on the Growth of Institutions. J. G. FRAZER.

Psyche's Task: A Discourse Concerning the Influence of Superstition on the Growth of Institutions.

London: Macmillan, 1909. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. x + 84pp. Original olive cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Index. Fore- & bottom-edges uncut. A series of lectures by Scottish social anthropologist Sir James George Frazer (1854 – 1941), author of the massive and influential study "The Golden Bough." In these lectures Frazer looks at the role that superstition played in the early history of a number of standard institutions: Government, Private Property, Marriage, and Respect for Human Life; and suggests that all can be taken as evidence that sometimes "folly mysteriously deviates into wisdom, and good comes out of evil." Boards a bit rubbed & darkened, spine leaned & a little chafed at head & tail (with slight loss at head), small chip and a few short tears at mid-spine, owner's bookplate on front pastedown, otherwise a solid, internally-clean Good copy (no dust jacket). Item #29343

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