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The Descent of Man (TWO VOLUME FIRST AMERICAN - Science) DARWIN, Charles - 1871. 
D. Appleton & Company, New York 1871 - [Vol. 1] 5 1/4 X 8 Inches. 409 Pgs, 2 Pgs Ads. [Vol. 2] 5 1/4 X 8 Inches. 436 Pgs, 12 Pgs Ads. Original First American Edition in the original maroon cloth. Black embellishment stamped to front and rear board of each volume. Gold title on spine. Previous owner signature in front of first volume. Interestingly, these volumes belonged to New York State Treasurer and Civil War Brigadier General Joseph Howland. Signed, "Joseph Howland Esq., for value received from - James Kent 23d February 1871." Howland was responsible for the building of the public library in Mattewan, NJ in the early 1870's after the war. The building is now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. We would assume that this volume might have been secured for inclusion in said library, except the volume bears no indication of library circulation.Both volumes are clean and fairly tight. A bit of scuffing to boards and toning to interior. Overall, a nice set in collectible conditon. As a side note, the association of Howland here combines science with NY politics, the American Civil War, Cornell University and public education in America. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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