The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex [Unopened]: DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882) The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex [Unopened]: DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882) The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex [Unopened]: DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex [Unopened]

DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

Published by John Murray [through 1894], London, 1871
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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8vo: xvi,693,[1]pp, profusely illustrated with 78 woodcuts. Original publisher's green pebbled cloth, covers paneled in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, patterned end papers. A truly superb, unopened copy, virtually pristine, save for brown-spotting to paste downs and blanks and one bumped corner. Binding tight, gilt bright, contents clean, crisp and unmarked. Freeman 976. Norman 599. Garrison-Morton 227. Second Edition (Thirty-First Thousand), revised and augmented, of Darwin's second great book on evolutionary theory (first published in 1871, in two volumes, and first to contain the word "evolution," preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species the following year). Darwin had skirted the issue of man in the Origin; his readers had to wait for the Descent to read unequivocally that "man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped." In it, Darwin "compared man's physical and psychological characteristics to similar traits in apes and other animals, showing how even man's mind and moral sense could have developed through evolutionary processes." (Norman) The book also discusses many related issues, including evolutionary psychology, evolutionary ethics, differences among human races and between the sexes, and the relevance of evolutionary theory to society. The Second Edition edition was extensively revised with new preface, Table of the Principal Corrections and Additions to the Present Edition, and a note added by T. H. Huxley on the brains of man and apes. It consists of three parts: "The first [two] demolished the theory that the universe was created for Man, while in the [third] Darwin presented a mass of evidence in support of his earlier hypothesis regarding sexual selection." (Garrison-Morton) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1355

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Title: The Descent of Man, and Selection in ...

Publisher: John Murray [through 1894], London

Publication Date: 1871

Binding: Decorative Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: Early Reprint.

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