DESCENT OF MAN And Selection in Relation to Sex

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(London: John Murray, 1871), VERY SCARCE AND EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. A REMARKABLY PRESERVED COPY. UNUSUALLY FINE AND AS PRISTINE. FIRST APPEARANCE in any of Darwin's works of the word 'evolution'. Besides "Origin", this is the author's most important work. "Dawrin wrote, in the preface to the second edition, of 'the fiery ordeal through which this book has passed.' He had avoided the logical outcome of the general theory of evolution, bringing man into the scheme, for twelve years, and in fact it had, by that time, been so much accepted that the clamour of the opposition was not strident. He had also been preceded in 1862 by Huxley's MAN'S PLACE IN NATURE. The word 'evolution' occurs, for the first time in any of Darwin's works, on page 2 of the first volume.... The last chapter is about sexual selection in relation to man, and it ends with the famous peroration about man's lowly origin, the wording of which differs slightly in the first edition from that which is usually quoted" (Freeman, p. 129). "The book, in its first edition, contains two parts, the descent of man itself, and the selection in relation to sex." Freeman, p. 128. " In the ORIGIN Darwin had avoided discussing the place occupied by Homo sapiens in the scheme of natural selection, stating only that 'light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history.' Twelve years later he made good his promise with THE DESCENT OF MAN" (Norman 599). First Issue: Volume II with the errata on verso of title and Darwin's note on "a serious and unfortunate error" (p. [ix]). 2 volumes. First edition, first issue of Volume II and First edition, second issue of Volume I. Illustrated with numerous figures and drawings throughout the text. 8vo, beautifully bound in fine full dark forest green morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe of England. The covers handsomely decorated with double gilt fillet lines surrounding gilt stippled inner framework with delicate tooled cornerpieces gilt, the spines with fine gilt panel designs incorporated central gilt devices between raised bands gilt stopped, two compartments lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, turnovers richly gilt decorated, marbled endleaves. viii, 423; viii, 405, index pp. A truly handsome and beautiufl copy. Exquisitely preserved, near as mint, unusually clean and an unusually handsome copy. The bindings are beautiful, very bright and clean and very sound, the hinges are tight and strong with no repairs or reinforcement.


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