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 ...Read MoreIn 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.Read Less
Illustrated. Fair. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. No.77 Jan 1886. Deeply toned with some stains to some of the pages and covers, some chipping. The attached picture is just a representation to show the Humboldt Series I have listed, mine do not have the punched holes near the binding. Textblock is firm and secured to the covers. Pages are free of reader's marks.
Very Good: shows wear to extremities, with fraying at lower corner tips; moderate rubbing to marbled boards; former owner's tasteful plate at front pastedown endpaper. Binding square and secure; text clean. Remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club. NOT Ex-Library. 8vo. 688pp. Numerous black & white illustrations. Three quarter red morocco leather; gilt titles at backstrip. Marbled boards. Top edge gilt. Most pages uncut.
1881 Printing. 8vo, pp i-xvi, 688, black and white illustrations throughout text. New Edition, Revised and Augmented-Complete in 1 Volume. A very bright clean copy in original light brown cloth with black stamped decorations to front and gilt stamped lettering to spine. -former owner's name to front pastedown. -mild wear and rubbing to cover edges. a few page corner tips have been bent. Overall, a Good+ Copy. Very Clean Copy-Over 500, 000 Internet Orders Filled.
Very Good. No Jacket. Book Volume II only. In brown cloth. Fraying and rubbing to cloth at spine ends. Wear to cloth at corners. Hinges are sound. Previous owner name to front endpaper. Previous owner name and bookstore stamp to front endpaper.
Good. Octavo. 2 Volume set. Bound in contemporary 3/4 red leather. Marbled boards. TEG. Good bindings and covers. Wear to extremities. Chipping and loss to head and tail of spine. Darkening to spine. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily.
With Illustrations by R.T. Pritchett of Places Visited and Objects Described. Good. Hardcover. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Three quarter red morocco leather with gilt lettering on spine. Marbled boards. Top edge gilt. There is mild shelf wear, the spine has been heavily scuffed and there is a small chip to the head of the spine as is not uncommon with the Appleton publishers binding of this period. Internally excellent with many illustrations not found in other editions of this book.
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