First Edition of Bertrand Russell's Marriage and Morals in the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Marriage and Morals.
Item Number: 76014
New York: Horace Liveright, 1929.
First edition of this work by Russell, in which he questions the Victorian notions of morality regarding sex and marriage. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some wear to the crown of the spine and some unnecessary tape repair.
According to Russell, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for Marriage and Morals. "When I was called to Stockholm, at the end of 1950, to receive the Nobel Prize -- somewhat to my surprise, for literature, for my book Marriage and Morals -- I was apprehensive, since I remembered that, exactly 300 years earlier, Descartes had been called to Scandinavia by Queen Christina in the winter time and had died of the cold" (Russell, Autobiography p. 521). which Russell questions the Victorian notions of morality regarding sex and marriage. In Marriage and Morals, Russell argues that the laws and ideas about sex of his time were a potpourri from various sources, which were no longer valid with the advent of contraception, as the sexual acts are now separated from the conception. He argues that family is most important for the welfare of children, and as such, a man and a woman should be considered bound only after her first pregnancy.