First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5265
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1976. Stated First Edition. Signed by Velikovsky on front free endpaper to author and columnist William Safire with brief inscription "To Safire, the fighter. Im. Velikovsky. May 22, 1977."
Octavo; 260pp. Printed dust jacket over gray paper- and black cloth-covered boards with silver lettering to spine. Price-clipped dust jacket is bumped at corners and spine ends with some creasing to front inner flap, but crisp overall. Boards are square with corresponding bumping. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. New York Times clipping of letters responding to its earlier Velikovsky obituary laid in at front.
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, and for his Ages in Chaos series, an attempted reconstruction of ancient history in which Velikovsky claims our accepted chronology of the Ancient Near East is off by around five centuries.
Pensee was a publication of the Student Academic Freedom Forum at Lewis and Clark College, edited by Stephen L. Talbott. It published ten issues between 1972 to 1975 with the intent to "encourage continuing critical analysis of all questions raised by Velikovsky's work." Velikovsky Reconsidered collects a number of articles, many of which first appeared in Pensee's pages.