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 ...
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.
Good. The dust jacket has minor damage. There is light wear to the boards, with minor bumping to the extremes. The page edges have light tanning. The pages are secure to the binding. There are previous owner details inside the covers. This book is from our pre ISBN stock and is therefore over 50 years old. It will have a general appearance commensurate with its age including age effects to page edges, binding and boards. Dust jacket is absent unless otherwise stated Usual signs of a well read bo.
Good in fair dust jacket. 1945. 243 pages. Brown pictorial dust jacket over red cloth. Mild tanning to pages with light foxing to the text block edge. Firm binding with slight cracking to hinges. Bumping to spine ends and corners with noticeable rubbing and scuffing along edges and over surfaces. Unclipped jacket. Chipping and tears to spine ends and along edges with noticeable rubbing and wear over surfaces. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1486751104NAT (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
Good. No dust jacket. 1930. 244 pages. No dust jacket. Brown cloth boards. Pages and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. Overall a good condition item. Boards have mild shelf wear with light rubbing and corner bumping. Some light marking and sunning. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1500024800EEA (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
Very Good. No Jacket. NAT 037740 LOC 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.
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.
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