Paris: P.-V. Stock, 1902. First Edition. 12mo (18cm.); contemporary green morocco-backed marbled boards, gilt spine in five compartments, original wrappers bound in; ,484pp. Boards very slightly rubbed, spine leather almost entirely toned to brown, else a Very Good to Near Fine copy. At head of title: "Bibliothèque des Recherches Sociales - No. 7."
Eugenicist utopian treatise by a leader of the French Socialist party and law professor at the Collège des Sciences Sociales. Based in part on Paolo Mantegazza's L'Anno 3000 (1897), Tarbouriech's proposal included the sterilization of degenerates, mandatory reporting of pregnancy, and state support in the rearing of unwanted children. The work failed to attract a following in part due to is overly authoritarian tone and "excessively harsh" propositions (William H. Schneir, "Quality and Quantity" (2002), p. 58), though it should be noted in sweetening the deal that the author also described a society in which "Men and women will share on equal footing and without distinction of sex domestic work..." (p. 43 - our translation). NEGLEY 1085.