BACHOFEN, Johann Jakob (1815-1887)
Das Mutterrecht. Eine Untersuchung über die Gynaikokratie der alten Welt nach ihrer religiösen und rechtlichen Natur.
Stuttgart, Krais & Hoffmann 1861.
4to. XL,435,[1]p., printed in double columns. With illustrated title leaf and 9 (3 folding) lithograph plates. Modern half calf in matching style, gilt back, marbled sides. Mild foxing as may be expected.
€ 1750

First edition, rare. Bachofen's investigations into the role of women in ancient and primitive societies resulted in a completely new outlook on the formation of social structures. His conception of matriarchal society exercised enormous influence on the study of history, the genesis of the legal system and the social sciences.
*Printing and the mind of man 349.


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