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The Descent of Man. And selection in relation to sex.
1st. Ed. 2nd. Issue. Pub. John Murray. 1871 - 2 Volumes. Original green John Murray binding which has benefitted from professional repairs to the spine ends of both volumes, and repairs to the internal hinges. With bookplate of Nils Fries to the front paste-down of both volumes and his neat signature to ffep of both volumes also. Contents beautifully clean and seemingly unread. Boards very bright and with one minor scuff to the spine of volume 1; o/w. in thoroughly vg. condition. A nice set, hard to find in original bindings which are much preferred by Darwin collectors. Scarce. (Freeman 937). The first issue of ‘The Descent of Man’ had a print-run of just 2,500 copies. It was published in February 1871, closely followed in March 1871 by the second issue printing of a further 2,000 copies. Controversially received like ‘Origin of Species’ before it, the word ‘evolution’ occurs here for the first time in any of Darwin’s works. It can be found on page 2 of the first volume. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: C. Arden Bookseller]
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