First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5264
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1977. Stated First Edition. Signed by Velikovsky on flyleaf to author and columnist William Safire with inscription "A ramming rod to break down the centuries old 'history' of the ancient east. // For slow reading only. Read first the Alexander chapter -- he meeting an eleventh-century priest. // To William Safire from Im. Velikovsky. 22.v.77"
Octavo; 261pp. Printed dust jacket over black cloth-covered boards with blue title band to spine and gilt lettering. Price-clipped jacket is bumped at top corners and at head of spine, with light toning to back. Boards are square with light bumps at top corners. Flyleaf toned from laid in New York Times Velikovsky obituary. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
A controversial independent scholar and catastrophist, Velikovsky is perhaps best known for his book Worlds in Collision, which suggested the planet Venus passed near Earth as a stray celestial body jettisoned from Jupiter sometime in the 15th Century BCE, changing our planet's orbit and axis and resulting in the various catastrophes described in ancient mythology. His Ages in Chaos series, of which this is a standalone volume, is an attempted reconstruction of ancient history in which Velikovsky claims our accepted chronology of the Ancient Near East is off by around five centuries.