In The Descent of Man Darwin addresses many of the issues raised by his notorious Origin of Species: finding in the traits and instincts of animals the origins of the mental abilities of humans, of language, of our social structures and our moral capacities, he attempts to show that there is no clear dividing line between animals and humans. Most ...
In The Descent of Man Darwin addresses many of the issues raised by his notorious Origin of Species: finding in the traits and instincts of animals the origins of the mental abilities of humans, of language, of our social structures and our moral capacities, he attempts to show that there is no clear dividing line between animals and humans. Most importantly, he accounts for what Victorians called the 'races' of mankind by means of what he calls sexual selection. This book presents a full explanation of Darwin's ideas about sexual selection, including his belief that many important characteristics of human beings and animals have emerged in response to competition for mates. This was a controversial work. Yet Darwin tried hard to avoid being branded as a radical revolutionary. He is steeped in Victorian sensibilities regarding gender and cultural differences: he sees human civilization as a move from barbarous savagery to modern gentlefolk, and women as more emotional and less intellectual than men, thus providing a biological basis for the social assumptions and prejudices of the day. The Descent of Man played a major role in the emergence of social Darwinism. This complete version of the first edition gives the modern reader an unparalleled opportunity to engage directly with Darwin's proposals, launched in the midst of continuing controversy over On the Origin of Species. Janet Browne is the author of the prize-winning biography, Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: The Power of Place.
Fine. No Jacket as Issued. 4to-over 9¾"-12" Tall. A fine copy in attractive maroon fake lather and contained in a black publisher's slipcase that was issued with the book. The slipcase is in near fine or even better conditon.
Very Good. No Jacket. NAT 037740 Solid green cloth hard cover with fairly mild wear and soiling, top fore edge with gilt. Gold titling on spine is still bright. Contains "Preface to the Second Edition" dated 1874. Does not have a publication date. A sturdy readable book, name of prior owner inside front board. 705pp.
Good. No Dustjacket. 1930. 244 pages. No dust jacket. Brown decorative cloth with black lettering. B&W illustrations throughout. Clean pages with firm binding. Mild foxing and tanning to endpapers and page edges. Mild wear to spine, edges and corners. Moderate sunning to spine.
Good. No dust jacket. Highlighting/underlining. few penciled in notes and underlining. 796 p. Includes illustrations. Nice copy with yellowed pages, gild top edge, cover scuffed, corners sl. bumped & worn, inside binding cracked, but intact.
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