DARWINISM An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection With Some of Its Applications
Wallace, Alfred Russel
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(London: Macmillan and Co., 1912), ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE'S SINGULAR AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT INTERPRETATION OF DARWIN'S GREAT WORK ON NATURAL SELECTION. Wallace was a contemporary of Darwin and had independently formulated a theory on Natural Selection. Darwin's ORIGIN OF SPECIES was originally published with the fear that Wallace was going to "scoop" the theory Darwin had been formulating for years, thus Wallace had played a role in the publication of that masterpiece. In this book, Wallace also presents his own views on the theory. "During the 1880's Wallace had given a number of lectures on evolution by means of natural selection, including many while touring the United States in 1886-1887. These mature reflections finally appeared in elaborated form in his important Darwinism (1889), which carefully reviewed thirty years of evolutionary biology. While pointing out differences between himself and Darwin, the book actually elaborates a pure form of Darwinian evolution, devoid of Lamarckian elements, and therefore represents (except for the last chapter on man) perhaps the authoritative statement on the subject in the late nineteenth century." (Dict. of Scientific Biography). Third Edition. The book was released first in May of 1889. This edition includes corrections of small errors and adds a considerable amount of new material from researches after the first edition. With a frontispiece portrait of the author, plates, diagrams and tables and a folding map. 8vo, publisher's dark green cloth ruled in blind and in gilt with multiple fillet lines on both boards, the spine and upper cover ruled and lettered and decorated in gilt. xx, 494, 2 ads. pp. A superb copy, pristine, the cloth in an excellent state of preservation, the hinges strong and tight, internally very clean, very fresh, virtually no evidence of use or age.