Pieces of Purgatory: Mental Retardation in and Out of Institutions
Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks / Cole Publishing Company, 1995. 144 pages. Examines the human costs of contemporary policies by looking at the story of one man's life "from institutionalization, to sterilization to deinstitutionalization" from the back cover. ISBN: 9780534252069.
First edition (first printing). A fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Inscribed by the author on the half-title page: "Steve, with best regards, Dave." From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a posthumous tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance.
Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay "A Seahorse for All Races" Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: "Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book."
We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.