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Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari first edition 2014

Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari first edition 2014


London: Harvill Secker, 2014


Large 8vo., bright red publisher’s boards, spine lettered in black; with matching red endpapers; complete in the original unclipped typographic dust jacket (£25.00) with fingerprint design to the upper panel; pp. [xv], 4-443, [i]; numerous full-colour in-text illustrations and photographs throughout, as well as several charts, maps and diagrams; a fine copy, in all, with very small scratches and abrasions to boards, internally near-new and unmarked; the jacket also fine, perhaps a touch toned, with almost imperceptible shelf marking. 


First English edition, first impression, with full number line 1-10. 


Yuval Noah Harari was born and raised in Kiryat, Israel. At the age of three, he taught himself to read, and he later studied in a class of intellectually gifted children at the Leo Baeck center in Haifa. After completing a degree in Medieval History and Military History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he began writing Sapiens, which was published in Hebrew in 2011 and here, in English, in 2014. The work explores the ways in which biology and history have shaped the human species, charting the role that humans have played in the global ecosystem. The book is dedicated to his father. Sapiens was followed in 2016 by Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, which explores the possibilities for the future of our species.  


A surprisingly rare book to find in its first state. 

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