New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1890. First edition, first state. As called for by the Harvard definitive edition of 1981 in its definition of the first printing (p. 1587), this copy has the following points: the word psychology is hyphenated ("psy-chology") on the list of American Science Series books facing the title page of each volume; it also has the two misprints: Vol. I, p. 10, lines 9-10, which read "the seat of intellectual power" rather than "not the sole seat of intellect," and Vol. II, p. 101, l. 20, which reads "object of some absent object of sensation" rather than "object of some absent sensation." Numerous tables and diagrams in both volumes. Binding extremities lightly rubbed with some minor fraying and small chips to crown and tail of spine of both volumes. Gilt letters slightly faded. Tear on p. 19 of volume I, affecting text. Tears to upper margins of p. 529 to 544 of volume II, not affecting text. A few signatures in both volumes tender, but sound. Light offsetting from later newspaper article to gutter of p. 396 and 397 in volume I. Offsetting to gutter of p. 600 to 601 and p. 614 and 615 of volume II. Occasional small pen and pencil markings in outer margins, not affecting text. A very good copy of a notoriously fragile set. Publisher's olive cloth with a gilt lettered spine. Two volumes, octavo. [1, ad], xii, 689; [1, ad], vi, 704, +8, ads pp. Item #16207
James' famous, brilliant and long-awaited major work on psychology, which emphasized his experimental method and the treatment of psychology as a natural science. A landmark in the history of psychology and philosophy, Principles of Psychology is a wide-ranging work that includes a survey of the literature on the localized functions of the brain, an extensive analysis of the self, and theories of habit, emotion, and association, among other topic. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy describes it as "a rich blend of physiology, psychology, philosophy, and personal reflection" that "contains seeds of pragmatism and phenomenology, and influenced generations of thinkers in Europe and America, including Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Ludwig Wittgenstein." This is a seminal work in the history of modern thought.