Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1913. First Edition. Octavo. Blue cloth boards lettered in black on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 274pp. Tight, Near Fine copy in a crisp, clean dustwrapper, Near Fine but for a spot of erosion at crown of spine panel.
Collection of five scholarly lectures by the Scots-American classicist and historian of ideas, long-time head of the Department of Philosophy at The University of Michigan. Of the five works included, only the title essay – on the classical origins of modern Anarchist thought – deals directly with contemporary political movements. Not uncommonly for the period, the author conflates "anarchism" with other nominally "utopian" movements including socialism and communism. The collection includes four other essays on the subjects of Psychology, Education, and Classical Philosophy. A somewhat hard-to-find title in any condition, but truly scarce in dustwrapper.