Darwin's two-volume work on the area of sexual selection across the whole of the animal kingdom.Darwin's two-volume work on the area of sexual selection across the whole of the animal kingdom.Hide synopsis
Description:Fair. Fair. No dust jacket. Appr 5 by 7 1/2 inches. Spine...Fair. Fair. No dust jacket. Appr 5 by 7 1/2 inches. Spine chipped, worn and stained, title no longer clear. General staining and wear to boards. Spine broken front after first endpaper (netting). Previous owner name on first page, date 1906. Pages very good. Unknown printing. 705 p.; illus.; index; 19 cm. frontispiece of author; dark green hardcover with gold lettering on spine. Date of preface to second edition 1874. Light spotting/staining to endpapers. Image by email. Collectible....Ships USPS SAME/NEXT business day most orders with free delivery confirmation (US). Safe packaging. APO/FPO, HI, AK, among some other US addresses may have delayed delivery times. Heavy or large items may be subject to an additional fee for priority or international shipment.
Description:Fair. Delicate. Shelfwear. Corners bumped. Previous owner's name...Fair. Delicate. Shelfwear. Corners bumped. Previous owner's name, plus 1907 date, written on front endpaper. Writing on front cover and spine faded. Pages somewhat discolored. 672 p. Actual publication date not shown. Darwin's introduction dated 1874 (first edition published 1971).
Description:Good. No dust jacket. Heavy wear and chipping on ends of spine,...Good. No dust jacket. Heavy wear and chipping on ends of spine, corners bumped and edge rubbed; owner's named stamped on flyleaf; pages yellowed at edges but text is clean and clear. 688 p. Includes: illustrations, index. Dark red cloth over boards; gold lettering on spine
Description:Fair. No Dustjacket. 1913. 1031 pages. No dust jacket. Green...Fair. No Dustjacket. 1913. 1031 pages. No dust jacket. Green cloth with gilt lettering. Cracked hinge exposing netting but text block remains firm. Previous owner's inscription to the pastedown. Moderate tanning and light foxing to the endpapers and text block fore-edge. Moderate shelf wear to moderately tanned boards and spine with heavy wear to hinge. Light bumping to corners and ends of spine.
Description:Fair. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. 705pp includes index. With B/W...Fair. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. 705pp includes index. With B/W illustrations. Frontispiece photo of Darwin. Bright marbled pastedowns and endpapers match design on covers. Top edges gilt. Gilt fleur-de-lis on spine. Scraped covers with bumped corners. Backstrip worn with top 2" torn. A few black dots noted, perhaps from publising. No pages loose, missing or torn; no writing, underlining or highlighting. Interior is truly near fine!
Description:Very Good. With illustrations. Second edition, revised and...Very Good. With illustrations. Second edition, revised and augmented (authorized edition). Octavo, bound in burgundy cloth with gilt lettering along the spine, top edge gilt. Fading along the spine, else very good. Some unopened pages. Binding is solid.; 688 pages.
Description:Fair with no dust jacket. No dust jacket. Very slight shelfwear...Fair with no dust jacket. No dust jacket. Very slight shelfwear, small scratch on front cover. Previous owner's name on FFEP.; Illustrated with black and white drawings, plus frontispiece photograph of Darwin, with tissue overleaf. Red clothbound boards, with gold lettering on spine, gilt top page edge. Good reading copy, very clean. No notes, underlining or highlighting.; The Home Library.
Description:Collectible: Like New. Like New! Bound in leather with satin...Collectible: Like New. Like New! Bound in leather with satin moire end leaves, gilt lettering and decorations, and a satin ribbon page marker; all edges gilt. Very tightly bound and appears unread. (Shelf location: BT2) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling.
Edition: 100 Greatest Book Ever Written Collector's edition
Binding: Full leather
Publisher: Easton Press
Description:Kredel, Fritz. Fine. No dust jacket as issued. Hardcover with...Kredel, Fritz. Fine. No dust jacket as issued. Hardcover with covers like pictured (El Three Media image). Genuine leather covered boards. Gold gilded page edge on three sides. Covers and pages are clean, unmarked, undamaged with secure binding. Shipped in sturdy... 362 p. Includes: illustrations, index.
Description:Good. Octavo. Hardcover. Red cloth. Good binding and cover....Good. Octavo. Hardcover. Red cloth. Good binding and cover. Minimal wear to extremities. Loose pages but present. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily.
Darwin's Descent of Man is one of the great books of all time.
If you haven't haven't read it (along with the Origin of Species), you haven't lived!
In the first part of the work Darwin explores the evidence for humanity's descent from primate ancestors, and, deeper in time, from the vertebrate lineage. He also deals with questions such as the place of origin of humans (he assumes, correctly, Africa), and whether the human races are sufficiently distinct as to be different species (he dismisses this argument conclusively).
The second part of the work is about sexual selection, those aspects of an organism that are not formed by natural selection (competition), but by the preferences of other members of the species in breeding choices. Darwin returns at the end of the book to humans, arguing that many features of humans are a result of sexual selection.
Two qualities epitomise this work, firstly the vast erudition of the author and the subtleties of his argument. Secondly the evident affection and compassion with which Darwin viewed all living things. Who can forget, for example, his anecdote of the male dung beetle who appeared ?highly agitated? when his mate was removed, and the female dung-beetle, who when the male was removed, stopped still and refused to move at all!
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