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An Universal System of Natural History : Including the Natural History of Man. Volumes I and II
London : Printed for the proprietor, and sold by Champante, 1794-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. 2 volumes, Volume I: Man and Volume II: Simia. 1794-1795. 456, 16 pl; 420p., 18 pl. Bound in contemporary 3/4 dark green leather. Gilt spine. 5 raised bands. Marbled boards, page ends, and endpapers. Good binding and cover. Wear to extremities. Hinges repaired. Volume I lacking 4 pl.; Volume II lacking 2 pl. Plates are hand colored in contemporary hand. Scattered foxing. Ebenezer Sibly was an English physician, astrologer and writer on the occult. In this book, in a form of environmental monogenism, Sibly claimed that the White Race was the first on earth: "We must consider white as the stock whence all others have sprung, Adam and Eve and all their posterity, till the time of the deluge were white; in the first age of the world no black nation was to be found on the face of the earth." Sibly believed that humans had not reached Africa until after the dispersal from the Tower of Babel, that the continent's first inhabitants had been white, and that Africans had become dark only as a result of climate.
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