"The prescription of the equality of human beings is not a description of an alleged actual equality among humans: it is a prescription of how we should treat human beings": First Edition of Animal Liberation; Inscribed by Peter Singer
Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals.
Item Number: 63878
New York: Random House, 1975.
First edition of Singer’s landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Peter Singer on the title page. Small name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson.
Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer is a frequent advocate of animal ethics, which he teaches on at Princeton University. Animal Liberation "galvanised a generation into action. Groups sprang up around the world, equipped with a new vocabulary, a new set of ethics and a new sense of mission...Singer's book is widely known as the bible of the animal liberation movement" (Independent on Sunday). It is "[a] reasoned plea for the humane treatment of animals that galvanised the animal-rights movement the way the Rachel Carson's Silent Spring drew activists to environmentalism" (New York Times). And it is "[i]mportant and responsible...Everyone ought to read it" (Richard Adams). It is "[p]robably the single most influential document in the history of recent movements concerned with animal welfare" (Guardian).