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DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. London: John Murray, 1872.
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DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. London: John Murray, 1872.

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DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. London: John Murray, 1872.

First edition, first issue, presentation copy of this sequel to the Descent of Man. 'This is an important member of the evolutionary set, and it was written, in part at least, as a confutation of the idea that the facial muscles of expression in man were a special endowment' (Freeman p.141). The critical target of the book was Charles Bell's pious Anatomy and Physiology of Expression. ‘With this book Darwin founded the study of ethology (animal behaviour) and conveyance of information (communication theory) and made a major contribution to psychology’ (DSB). This copy is inscribed by the publisher's clerk, and although the textblock has not been shaved to open the gatherings as per Darwin's wishes, as Freeman notes, 'Mr Murray seems to have honoured Darwin's dislike [of unopened folds] more in the breach than in the observance' (p.12). Freeman 1142; Garrison-Morton 4975; Norman 600.

Octavo (188 x 123mm). 7 heliotype plates with roman numerals, 3 folding, numerous illustrations in text, 2 integral advertisement leaves at end, dated November 1872. Original green cloth, boards with blind frame, lettered in gilt on spine, blue-black endpapers, uncut (extremities faintly rubbed). Provenance: presentation inscription in clerk's hand on flyleaf.
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