"THANKS—SIR!": FIRST EDITION OF KINSEY'S SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN MALE, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY KINSEY
KINSEY, Alfred C., et al. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Philadelphia and London: W.B. Saunders, 1948. Octavo, original burgundy cloth, original dust jacket, original publisher's cardboard shipping box. $3800.
First edition of Kinsey's landmark works on human male sexuality, in scarce original dust jacket and publisher's shipping box, inscribed and signed by Kinsey on the front free endpaper: "Thanks—Sir! Alfred E. Kinsey. 3.31.52."
The work of Kinsey and his colleagues at Indiana University's Institute for Sex Research (later the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction), changed how Americans viewed sexuality. Kinsey "established a solid academic reputation for his biology tests and his research in taxonomy and evolution… Kinsey and his staff collected over 18,000 interviews, and published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948 and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female in 1953… Dr. Kinsey's name suddenly became synonymous with sex in the minds of many Americans" (Kinsey Institute). In 2004, the Academy-Award nominated film Kinsey premiered, starring Liam Neeson. The companion volume, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, was published separately five years later. Owner blindstamp on front free endpaper; ink signature dated year of publication on rear free endpaper. Bookseller label on rear pastedown.
Book near-fine, unrestored original dust jacket with shallow edge-wear at spine ends and corners, bright and extremely good. A very desirable signed copy in the scarce original dust jacket and shipping box.