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DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871.
2 volumes, 8vo (185 x 122mm). Half-titles. Woodcut illustrations, some full-page. (Occasional light spotting or browning, lacking advertisements.) Later maroon half calf by Zaehnsdorf, the spines gilt and divided into 6 compartments by raised bands, gilt morocco lettering-pieces in 2, the others decorated in gilt, top edges gilt (spines lightly faded).
FIRST EDITION OF A WORK 'OFTEN DISCUSSED WITH ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES AS ONE OF DARWIN'S TWO MOST IMPORTANT WORKS' (Eimas), the second issue with publisher's advertisements on the versos of both title pages, and the text of volume I, pp.297-299, and volume II, pp.161 and 237 corrected. The Descent of Man [...] was the first of Darwin's works to use the word 'evolution' (cf. volume I, p.2), and 'is really two works. The first demolished the theory that the universe was created for Man, while in the second Darwin presented a mass of evidence in support of his earlier hypothesis regarding sexual selection' (Garrison and Morton). Eimas 1727; Freeman 938; Garrison and Morton 170. (2)
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