Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders [through 1953], 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. A superb set, two First Printings, of this two-volume landmark, laying the groundwork for the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Thick demy 8vo (221 x 144mm): xv,804; xxx,841pp, with numerous charts, graphs, tables, and figures in the text of both volumes. Publisher's maroon cloth, spines blocked in black and stamped in gold, typographic dust jackets in orange (male) and yellow (female) printed in black. Both volumes tightly bound (apparently unread) and clean throughout. Spine panel of orange jacket, usually badly faded, lightened barely a degree, with brief edge wear and minor creasing along top edge. The yellow jacket still vibrant and virtually pristine. The finest set we've seen. Garrison-Morton 7038. Fine / Fine-. Item #BB1728
Kinsey and his colleagues at the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University based their study on personal interviews with some 6,000 women and 5,300 men, collected during a fifteen year period. The text describes the methodology, sampling, coding, interviewing, and statistical analyses. The data were analyzed to calculate frequency with which men and women engage in various forms of sexual activity, and Kinsey considered how such factors as age, social-economic status, and religious adherence influenced sexual behavior. The evidence suggested that women were less sexually active than men, but many of the study's other conclusions were immediately controversial, causing shock and outrage, both because they challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and because they discussed subjects considered taboo. The Kinsey Reports together sold three-quarters of a million copies and were translated into thirteen languages, making them among the most successful and influential scientific works of the twentieth century. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.