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The Descent Of Man/rare 1st Ed/charles Darwin/1871/*2 Volumes In Near Fine Cond. For Sale

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VERY RARE - SCARCE FIRST EDITION - 1 of only 2000 copies
FINE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S GREEN CLOTH BINDING.
Darwin's historic and pioneering work

THE DESCENT OF MAN
& Selection in Relation to Sex.
by
CHARLES DARWIN

LONDON: John Murray, 1871 (Published date 1871). RARE FIRST EDITION in two volumes. 8vo. 8.0" x 5.5" inches (LxB). Pp. viii, 423 [1]; 16 [Publisher's ads, dated January 1871]; viii [ii] 475 [1] 16 [ads, dtd. January 1871] pages, with numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text, half-titles present. Rare First edition, 2nd issue (with ads. dtd. Jan. 1871 but no errata on verso of title to vol. 2). The word 'evolution' occurs here for the first time in any of Darwin's works, that is to say before its appearance in the sixth edition of 'The Origin of Species' the following year. A rare book set bound in original contemporary publisher's green cloth binding, gilt lettered spine with blind decorations to covers. Rare First Edition of The Descent of Man & Selection in Relation to Sex" is Darwin's 2nd most important work. The work is divided into two parts. Part I marshals behavioral & morphological evidence to argue that humans evolved from some lower form. Darwin shows that human mental & emotional capacities, far from making human beings unique, are evidence of an animal origin & evolutionary development. Part II is Sexual Selection; an extended discussion of the differences between the sexes of many species & how they arose as a result of selection. Here Darwin lays the foundation for much contemporary research by arguing that many characteristics of animals have evolved not in response to the selective pressures exerted by their physical & biological. There were 2500 copies of the first issue and 2000 copies of the second; issued within a few weeks. Freeman 937; Garrison Morton 170; Norman 577. A classic work. There are numerous close-up pictures of the contents given below; please click on them for a detailed description (See Scans below). Please take some time to view the 50+ pictures in detail, in order to gain a full idea of the contents and condition.

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The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex is a book on evolutionary theory by English naturalist Charles Darwin, first published in 1871. It was Darwin's second book on evolutionary theory, following his 1859 work, On the Origin of Species. In The Descent of Man, Darwin applies evolutionary theory to human evolution, and details his theory of sexual selection. The book discusses many related issues, including evolutionary psychology, evolutionary ethics, differences between human races, differences between sexes, the dominant role of women in choosing mating partners, and the relevance of the evolutionary theory to society. Charles Darwin's Origin of Species had been met with a firestorm of controversy in reaction to Darwin's theory, largely because it was clear that it implied that human beings were evolved from animals, contradicting the biblical story in the Book of Genesis and implying an animal nature. Darwin chose not to make the link explicit in Origin, and although he first thought of the idea in 1837, he put off publishing it for a generation.[1] A single line hinted at such a conclusion: "light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history". But the conclusion was obvious to his contemporaries, and became the subtext if not the center of many debates over his theory (such as those between T.H. Huxley and Richard Owen over the brains of apes). When writing The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication in 1866, Darwin intended to include a chapter including man in his theory, but the book became too big and he decided to write a separate "short essay" on ape ancestry, sexual selection and human expression, which became The Descent of Man. Darwin's writing on the subject in The Descent of Man came twelve years after his work on Origin, and was by no means the first work on human evolution. As such, the book is a response to various debates of Darwin's time far more wide-ranging than the questions he raised in Origin. It is often erroneously assumed that the book was controversial because it was the first to outline the idea of human evolution and common descent. Coming out so late into that particular debate, while it was clearly Darwin's intent to weigh in on this question, his goal was to approach it through a specific theoretical lens (sexual selection), which other commentators at the period had not discussed, and consider evolution of morality and religion. The theory of sexual selection was also needed to counter the argument that beauty with no obvious utility, such as exotic birds' plumage, proved divine design, which had been put strongly by the Duke of Argyll in his book The Reign of Law (1868).

Contents
  • 1 Darwin's background issues and concerns
    • 1.1 Human faculties
    • 1.2 Human races
    • 1.3 Social implications of Darwinism
    • 1.4 Apparently non-adaptive features
  • 2 Part I: The evolution of man
    • 2.1 Evolution of physical traits
    • 2.2 Evolution of mental traits
    • 2.3 Natural selection and civilized society
    • 2.4 The race debate
  • 3 Part II and III: Sexual selection
  • 4 Later debates
    • 4.1 Sexual selection
    • 4.2 Effect on society
  • 5 Publication
    • 5.1 Editions and reprints
  • 6 Notes
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

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CONDITION REPORT: A rare book set in the fine original contemporary publisher's green cloth binding (See Scans below), some wear/tear, scuffing, rubbing to covers, spine, ends & corners, top & bottom of spine chipped with some loss (See Scans below), the pages with some age toning, minor soiling, are clean & bright (See Scans below), the binding is tight & intact (See Scans below). The cloth is smooth & supple to the touch (See Scans below). Note: The 16 pp. ads at rear of the first vol. with some foxing (See close up Scans below). . There are many close-up pictures for your kind perusal. Please click on any of the 50+ images above & below in the listing for enlarged close-up pictures of details, virtues & flaws (See Scans below).


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