The Secret of the Totem. Andrew LANG, with SIGNED letter.
The Secret of the Totem.
The Secret of the Totem.
The Secret of the Totem.

The Secret of the Totem.

London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1905. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. xi + 215pp. Gilt illustrated navy cloth gilt-lettered on spine, printed endpapers, appendixes, index. The first edition of folklorist Andrew Lang's (1844 – 1912) study of Totemism, which he calls "the natural sequel of his "Social Origins and Primal Law" which published three years earlier. Contents of this volume are: Intro; Origin of Totemism; Method of Inquiry; Theory of Primal Promiscuity; The Arunta Anomaly; The Theories of Dr. Durkheim; The Author's Theory; Rise of Phratries and Totem Kins; A New Point Explained; Totemic Redistribution; Matrimonial Clauses; Mr. Frazer's Theory of Totemism; Appendix - American Theories. Affixed to the front pastedown is handwritten two page autograph letter, signed, from Lang to an un-named recipient (9 x 7 inch sheet - folded once to make 4 pages) "I always lose my presence of mind when any one mentions my rhymes, which are, to me a source of confusion and I forgot to say that I only sent them to you as an acknowledgment of your kindness in sending me your verses. I thought the new ones had been forwarded, but there is no harm done, as they were still worse than the old. Believe me. Sincerely yours, A. Lang" (Kensington. June 17 [1894]). Very light overall shelf wear, lower corners bumped, spine ends and upper corner bruised and lightly chafed, light ripple to cloth at mid-spine, page edges and endpapers a bit darkened, pages toned, unmarked. Overall a tight, clean VG+ copy of this first edition with signed letter from the author. Item #66746

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