Very Good. Item #5961
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1938. Stated First Edition. Octavo; viii + 350pp, including index. Persimmon dust jacket with black lettering. Gray-blue cloth boards with black stamping front panel and spine.
Dust jacket mildly soiled and eroded at folds and spine crown and foot, but solid, whole, and stabilized in mylar. Binding slightly worn at spine crown and foot and corners, otherwise neat and clean. Spine has slight roll. Joints and hinges solid. Textblock unmarked.
A remarkable analysis and unwitting prophecy, by two Ohio State PhDs, of all the Amazon issues some 80 years before Amazon, written as the nation was zooming up and out of the Great Depression. From the cover: "Here is a critical and comprehensive analysis of chain stores as an integral and significant part of our distributive structure. An attempt has been made to present in an unbiased and strictly impartial manner the historical development of chains . . . as well as the deep disturbances caused by them in our business, economic, and social systems." A bracing historical perspective for both pro- and anti-Bezos advocates.