Niebuhr | Reinhold

Discerning the Signs of the Times

First Edition | First Printing



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Signed first edition of Discerning the Signs of the Times by notable American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr.

Octavo, x, 194pp. Full green cloth, title in gilt on spine. Red topstain. The first printing with “Scribner’s A” on the copyright page. Solid text block, light wear to corners, faint toning to endpaper, a near fine example. Previous ownership inscription to front endpaper. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $2.50 retail price on front flap, chipped corners, light sunning to spine, some shelf wear.

Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To James Weinberg with gratitude and high respect for a great teacher. Reinhold Niebuhr.”

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was a towering figure in American theology and political thought, known for his profound contributions to Christian realism. Niebuhr’s work had a significant influence on political leaders, including Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, who were inspired by his ideas on the necessity of moral ambiguity in political decision-making. His writings include Moral Man and Immoral Society, The Nature and Destiny of Man, The Structure of Nations and Empires, and many more.

Additional information

Location Published

New York


Charles Scribner's Sons


First Edition, First Printing

Date Published





Near Fine

Jacket Condition

Very Good


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