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.
Very Good. A better than very good copy, square and tight with no rips or splits, just a trifle rubbed. Contents sound and clean, not showing any pen-marks. Not from a library so no such stamps or labels. Thus a tidy book in presentable condition.
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.
Good. 1915 edition. Cover shows minor wear and soiling, fading, chipped and tanned title label Pages are tanned and clean, text and pictures are intact and unmarred. Very Clean Copy-Over 500, 000 Internet Orders Filled.
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.
Poor/No Jacket. Ex-Library "Complete in one volume, New Edition, Revised and Augmented." Usual ex-library features. Library book plate on inside front cover. Previous owner's name on first blank page. Cover is scuffed and edge worn. Library label on spine. Hinges are beginning to split but holding. Pages are darkened with age and have occasional marks. 688 pages including index. Illustrated.
Hurst & Co., New York, NY, REPRINT Edition, Good+, Hard Cover, Size=5"x7", 705pgs. Reprint of 1874 Second Edition. Dark brown leather spine and fore-edge corners, marbled boards and endpapers, very bright top page end gold gilt. Leather chipped on spine and worn at fore-edge corners, ink owner name on inside front free endpaper, o.w. clean & tight. Contents are bright & in Fine condition. SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!
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