Very Good / Very Good. Item #9184
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1972-1973. Stated First American Edition. Octavo (each volume 23.5x15x4cm); Vol I 643pp with 24 images and 55 figures in B&W; Vol II continuous pagination, pp. 649-1375, with 16 images and 14 figures in B&W; bibliography of sources and index.
Coated pictorial dust jackets. Terracotta cloth with gilt spine stamping. The spines have been sunned, to the point of some curling at the jacket crown of Vol II, and the tops of the bindings have a rim of partial bleaching from that same sun. But the textblocks are unmarred and unmarked—and based on the page behavior during our skimming for inspection, had never been opened.
Fernand Braudel (1902-1985) was the leading light in the annales school of French and global historiography. One of his leading concepts: "la longue durée"—history understood in its long durations, over eons and eras rather than as a series of events lasting a decade or two, or even a century or two. Ten years? Two hundred years? Those are just blinks of an eye, and Braudel was not a blinker.