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Huxley, Julian
Evolution: The Modern Synthesis
George Allen & Unwin, London, 1963. Second edition (the seventh printing overall). li, 652 pages. A reprinting of the first edition with a long introduction providing a survey of the developments in evolution during the twenty years between editions. Evolutionary theory during the middle part of the twentieth century is known as the "modern synthesis" after the subtitle of this book. This was Julian Huxley's copy, with his ownership signature at the front and a private index, with notes, on the endpapers, and a few marked passages in the text. The notes seem to be ideas or reminders for future changes or perhaps a new updated introduction. In any case, in 1974, the third edition was published and instead of a survey article by Huxley, who was then in his mid-80s, a group of his students took on that task. A unique copy of one of the major books on evolution. This copy later belonged to the evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould, who spent much of his career challenging the ideas of the modern synthesis. With a posthumous bookplate denoting the provenance.The book is very good in a good-only jacket with many chips and a split at the spine fold. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Downtown Brown Books [Portland, OR, U.S.A.]
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