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GALTON, Francis
Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development
London: Macmillan, 1883. Octavo, original Publisher's maroon cloth. A good to very good copy with a bright spine and strong inner hinges. Internally clean and complete. Housed in a custom clamshell box. FIRST EDITION of this groundbreaking analysis of heredity by the founder of eugenics, with the first appearance of his coined word “eugenics” (page 24), with an original photographic frontispiece of composite portraits and four plates of analyses, one double-page in color. This is Galton’s “best-known work-on the inheritance of talent-scholarly, artistic, and athletic-the raw data being the records of notable families” (DSB V:266). Employing the statistical techniques for which he became famous, Galton considers the influence of genetic inheritance in humans on everything from facial features to mental imagery, from fluency to enthusiasm. “On the publication in 1859 of the Origin of Species by his cousin, Charles Robert Darwin, Galton at once became a convert to the views there enounced and began reflecting on the influence of heredity on the human race. He had been impressed by his own observation with the fact that distinction of any kind is apt to run in families. He therefore made a series of statistical inquiries whereby he proved the heritability of genius of all kinds He showed how the degree of relationship between any pair of attributes or any pair of individuals may be estimated by a numerical factor termed the correlation. He also gave a numerical estimate of the average contribution to each individual from his two parents and his remoter ancestry The study of her … [Click Below for Full Description]
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