Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault
First American edition, first printing of Foucault's first major work, an examination of the evolving meaning of madness in European culture, law, politics, philosophy and medicine from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century, and a critique of historical method and the idea of history.
New York: Pantheon Books/Random House, 1965. Publisher's original red cloth boards, gilt titling to spine, brown design stamped on front board; pp. xiii, 299. A very good copy or better copy in a very good, unclipped dust jacket. Binding sturdy, minimal wear to boards, scattered foxing to top edge of text block, owner signature to second blank, else internally clean. Jacket shows some light shelfwear with a bit of loss to bottom corner of front panel, a few pinholes, toning to flaps, protected in archival mylar. Scarce.