Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916. Hardcover. Item #215468
xviii, 362 pages. A major book justifying the use of IQ tests as an objective meaurement of innate intelligence. Terman's work was the foundation of the Stanford-Binet test, which is widely used to measure intelligence in the US. The underpinnings of the test have been assailed for race and gender bias. Probably an early printing, but not a first. While this is an ex-library copy with a bookplate, evidence of pocket removal, and markings on the spine it comes from the library of Stephen Jay Gould, who devotes an entire section of one of his most important books, The Mismeasure of Man, to Terman and this book. *** From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. *** Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay 'A Seahorse for All Races' Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: 'Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book.' *** We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.