17 June 2008
HUXLEY, Thomas Henry (1825-1895). Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature. London and Edinburgh: Williams and Norgate, 1863.
8o. Half-title, 8-page publisher's advertisements bound at end, publisher's advertisements on endpapers. Wood-engraved frontispiece, illustrations in text. Original cloth, gilt-lettered on spine (some staining to front cover, worn at spine ends). Provenance: Arthur Grotel (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the frontispiece on A2V and the "Advertisement to the Reader" on A4. Huxley, who earned the nickname "Darwin's Bulldog" for his outspoken defense of the theory of evolution through natural selection, wrote this present work in response to the well-known Hippocampus minor controversy of the 1860s. Huxley challenged the paleontologist Richard Owen, who asserted that a human's brain differed qualitatively from those of other mammals. After a series of dissections of primate brains, Huxley disproved Owen's claim that only humans possessed a Hippocampus minor, a portion of the brain now known as the calcar avis. Garrison-Morton 165; Norman 1132.
HUXLEY. American Addresses, with a Lecture on the Study of Biology. London: Macmillan and Co., 1877.
8o. Half-title, 24-page publisher's advertisements at end. Original cloth (dampstained, spine torn). Provenance: General Baptist College Library, Chilwell, Nottinghamshire (library label on front pastedown). FIRST EDITION. (2)
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