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Alfred. Korzybski. Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics. Lancaster, (PA): International Non-Aristotelian Library Publishing Company / Science Press Printing Company, 1933.

A very good first edition, first printing, as stated. SIGNED by the author on a pasted-in Korzybski notepaper to journalist and defender Robert H. Allen. Embossed lined blue cloth boards; corners bumped. Title stamping on spine worn and faded. General dust stains to enpapers and edges. Mull showing, but hinges intact, at the half- title page. First free endpaper and title page wrinkled. Binding a bit soft. Offsetting on final index page where Allen’s defense of Korzybski is pasted into the final leaf. Dated by Allen present as well on final leaf. 798 pp. including index with drawings and graphs by the author. Octavo, 6&1/4 x 9&1/2 inches tall.. Very good / missing dust-jacket. Cloth.

Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski ( July 3, 1879 – March 1, 1950) was a Polish-American independent scholar who developed a field called general semantics, which he viewed as both distinct from, and more encompassing than, the field of semantics. He argued that human knowledge of the world is limited both by the human nervous system and the languages humans have developed, and thus no one can have direct access to reality, given that the most we can know is that which is filtered through the brain’s responses to reality. His best known dictum is “The map is not the territory”. — Wikipedia


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