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    BLACK, Davidson (1884-1934). Preliminary Notice of the discovery of an Adult Sinanthropus Skull at Chou Kou Tien. Offprint from: Bulletin of the Geological Society of China. Volume 3, No. 3. Peiping, 1929 [but 1930].

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    BLACK, Davidson (1884-1934). Preliminary Notice of the discovery of an Adult Sinanthropus Skull at Chou Kou Tien. Offprint from: Bulletin of the Geological Society of China. Volume 3, No. 3. Peiping, 1929 [but 1930].

    4o (260 x 190 mm). 9 plates (one or two edges chipped). (Some minor thumbing, paperclip marks to top margin of pp. 207-209.) Original green printed wrappers (unevenly faded, one corner creased and extremities slightly chipped).

    FIRST EDITION, offprint issue, of Black's first published announcement of the discovery of an almost complete skull cap belonging to Sinanthropus pekinensis, and excavated by Mr. W.C. Pei of the staff of the Cenozoic Laboratory of the Geological Survey of China on 2 December 1929. However it was Black's conviction that Asia had probably been the birthplace of early man and the center of dispersal of land mammals that had led him to China in 1920 and to carry out extensive excavations for fossil hominids in Chou Kou Tien outside Peking. The first significant discoveries were made in 1928 of two lower jaws and numerous teeth and skull fragments all from genus Sinanthropus, an entirely new hominid genus. DSB 1&2 pp.171-172.

    [With:] Five other titles by Black or related to Sinanthropus pekinensis, comprising.

    BLACK, Davidson. Evidences of the Use of Fire by Sinanthropus. Offprint from: Bulletin of the Geological Society of China. Volume 9, No. 2. Peiping, 1931. 4o (257 x 186 mm). 2 pages. (Chipped and with short tears not affecting text.) Original green printed wrappers (chipped at extremities and torn with some loss). FIRST EDITION, offprint issue, of Black's first published announcement of the discovery of evidence to confirm "observations that certain of the antler and bone specimens which occurred within the Main Deposit at Choukoutien had been subjected to the action of fire... [and that] it is thus clear beyond reasonable doubt that Sinanthropus knew the use of fire and it is further to be presumed on good grounds that the charred and calcined bone and antler specimens occurring elsewhere... have been produced as the result of the use of fire by this hominid" (p.108). -- BLACK, Davidson. Skeletal Remains of Sinanthropus other than Skull Parts. Offprint from: Bulletin of the Geological Society of China. Volume 11, No. 4. [Peiping], 1932. 4o (262 x 185 mm). 2 plates. Original green printed wrappers (unevenly faded and chipped at extremities). Provenance: unknown recipient of presentation copy (Dr. Black's compliment slip loosely inserted). FIRST EDITION, offprint issue, of Black's first published report of the few skeletal remains of Sinanthropus, other than skull parts and teeth, recovered from the Choukoutien cave deposit since 1928. Loosely inserted is Black's engraved compliment slip: "With the compliments of the Cenozoic Laboratory Geological Survey of China... From Dr. Davidson Black." -- BLACK, Davidson, Teilhard de CHARDIN, C.C. YOUNG, and W.C. PEI. Geological Memoirs (Being the continuation of the Memoirs of the Geological Survey to be quoted as Mem. Geol. Surv. China). Series A, Number 11. Fossil Man in China. The Choukoutien Cave Deposits with a Synopsis of our Present Knowledge of the Late Cenozoic in China. Edited by Davidson Black, with a foreword by Wong Wen Hao. Peiping: The Geological Survey of China, May 1933. 4o (260 x 184 mm). 3 folding plates, 3 folding maps, numerous illustrations in the text. Modern quarter calf. FIRST EDITION. -- WEIDENREICH, Franz. "Six Lectures on Sinothropus pekinensis and Related Problems." In: Bulletin of the Geological Society of China. Volume 19, number 1. China: by the Society. March, 1939. 4o. Frontispiece and nine plates. Original green printed paper wrappers (chipped with loss at extremities). FIRST EDITION. (6)


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