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The Mask of Sanity by Hervey Cleckley (First Edition, 1941)

The Mask of Sanity by Hervey Cleckley was first published in 1941 by The C. V. Mosby Company.  It has seen been reprinted many times, but the first edition is highly collectible.  The Mask of Sanity is subtitled “An Attempt to Reinterpret the So-called Psychopathic Personality.”

On this page, you will find photos of the first edition.  This exact book has already sold, but you may find one available for sale here.  Although there may be other printings of this first edition, this one had red cloth and no dustjacket.  I don’t know if the dustjacket was missing or whether it was just not published with one.


The Mask of Sanity, First Edition


This is a classic work in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. It is the must-read work on Psychopathic Personality. At the time of publication, the author, Hervey Cleckley, was a professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Georgia School of Medicine.

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