Moscow; Leningrad: GIZ, 1934. Item #1416
XXXVI, 324 pp., 1 ill. (front). 23x15 cm. Original publisher’s cloth. Frontispiece portrait of the author. Bumped and slightly rubbed, some soiling of the covers, minor tear of the title page, otherwise very good and clean internally.
One of 10,000 copies. Rare.
Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) was an outstanding Soviet psychologist, neurolinguist, and ingenious experimenter. This monograph was the final result of his lifetime work – he died before the book was published. The work was widely considered an important step in understanding the psychology of speech. In this book, Vygotsky described the experiments he conducted with children’s social behavior, arguing that a lot of social functions have a genetic rather than adscititious nature. This later gave roots to social constructivism.
The book was first published in English in the USA in 1962. In the 1970s, Vygotsky’s theories were adopted by American psychologists when creating new paradigms in developmental and educational psychology.
Worldcat shows copies in Princeton University and NYPL.