The Philosophy of Civilization - Rutherford Hamilton TownerNew York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1923, Hardback.
Condition: Good. Both volumes a little bruised at the spine ends and corners. Tanned at the edge of the text block. Volume II carries the dust wrapper which is worn and faded with loss at the head of the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blanks of both volumes. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned in both.
Complete in the II volumes.
From the cover: “The impermanency of the great civilizations of the past is clearly recorded by history, and different causes have been assigned for the various rises and falls. Mr. Towner finds, however, certain main factors which are present in every case, and which, by their gradual appearance in the present, foreshadow the certain downfall of our own civilization. That the theories here presented will meet with much opposition is inevitable. Many of the movements which have been acclaimed as great steps forward, — the emancipation of woman, the prohibition of alcohol, as instances, — are shown to be vitally wrong. In support of his contentions, which are presented in a clear, forceful, and scholarly manner, he has marshalled an array of historical evidence that his opponents will find most formidable. This he asks us to study, that we may see in what a wrong direction we are headed, and by eliminating these dangerous factors render our civilization more stable and enduring.”