First American edition, with an additional essay by Leffingwell. Publisher's original green cloth with titles in gilt to the spine. A very good copy, the binding firm with a little rubbing to boards and extremities. The slightly shaken contents with a crease to the top corners of a handful of pages and some light spotting to the preliminary pages are otherwise in good order and clean throughout.
Henry Stephens Salt (1851-1939), a committed vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist, socialist and pacifist, as well as a noted literary scholar, was one of the leading humanitarian thinkers and activists of his age, counting William Morris, Leo Tolstoy, Edward Carpenter, Peter Kropotkin, George Bernard Shaw and Kier Hardie amongst his circle of friends. His numerous works on his intellectual heroes Percy Shelley and Henry David Thoreau were some of his most successful contemporary publications. His writings on animal rights and vegetarianism, however, through which, most notably, he significantly shaped his friend Mahatma Gandhi's own dietary ideas, are those that have proved Salt's most influential, and which today are now held up as founding works of the vegetarian and animal rights movements. "Animals' Rights", Salt's seminal work, provided the first explicit, systematic treatment of the concept of animal rights, as opposed to simply calling for better 'welfare'. Including sections on dietary reform, anti-vivisection and "sport, or amateur butchery", Salt based his arguments within his broader holistic philosophy which posited that all forms of oppression were bound up together, and thus that any attempts at emancipation (of humans or other animals) must be treated as one cause (as he later expounded in his final work "The Creed of Kinship", 1935). As he asserts in the present work, the overturning of imagined divisions (class, gender, racial, species) was the key to forging a better society, and so we must begin to "recognise the common bond of humanity that unites all living beings in one universal brotherhood". This first American edition also included Albert Leffingwell's damning essay on vivisection in American medical schools and colleges.
Stock code: 18902