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An Account of a Female of the White Race of Mankind, Part of Whose Skin Resembles that of a Negro; With some Observations on the Causes of the Differences in Colour and Form Between the White and Negro Races of Men
London: Archibald Constable and Co, 1818. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. "The first statement of the theory of natural selection and an almost complete anticipation of Darwin's theory" - Garrison Morton   "[What was done for animals artificially] seems to be done with equal efficiency, though more slowly, by nature, in the formation of varieties of mankind, fitted for the country which they inhabit. Of the accidental varieties of man, which would occur among the first scattered inhabitants, some one would be better fitted than the others to bear the dis- eases of the country. This race would multiply while the others would decrease, and as the darkest would be the best fitted for the [African] climate, at length [they would] be- come the most prevalent, if not the only race."   Wells presented "An Account of a Female of the White Race..." to the Royal Society in 1813 but the work was not published until 1818, after his death, as a paper in this volume entitled "Two Essays." In this paper, Wells describes how the natural selection process applies to skin color in humans. lxxiii, 439 pp. 8vo. Paper covered boards with brown cloth spine, black leather patch title with gold embossed titling. Evidence at base of spine that a label was removed, no indication within the book of it being ex-library. Some scuffing and wear to boards. Clean, within, many pages uncut. Wells' paper appears at pp. 425-439 of this volume with the full title: "Two Essays: One Upon Single Vision with Two Eyes; The Other On Dew. A Letter to the Right Hon. Lloyd, Lord Kenyon and An Account of a Female of the White Race of Mankind, Part of Whose Skin Resembles that of a Negro; With some Observations on the Causes of the Differences in Colour and Form Between the White and Negro Races of Men"
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