"To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization": First edition of Arnold J. Toynbee's Civilization on Trial
Civilization on Trial.
Toynbee, Arnold J.$450.00
Item Number: 95309
New York: Oxford University Press, 1948.
First edition of Toynbee’s classic examination of the processes of history. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Arnold Toynbee on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with chipping to the front panel and foot of the spine. Jacket design by Ronald D. Clyde.
In Civilization on Trial, renowned British historian and philosopher Arnold J. Toynbee aims to discover the unifying factors that have governed the universe in an effort to gain insight and understanding into civilization and its relation to history. "Toynbee's work as a philosopher of history stands head and shoulders above that of those who have preceded him. His method is more logical, analytical; he has more facts at his command and a wider vision" (Paul Jordan-Smith, Los Angeles Times).