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Wells, William Charles
TWO VOLUMES, COMPRISING:
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Wells, William Charles
TWO VOLUMES, COMPRISING:
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English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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Wells, William Charles
TWO VOLUMES, COMPRISING:
i) Two Essays: one upon single vision with two eyes; the other on dew... and an account of a female of the white race of mankind, part of whose skin resembles that of a negro. Printed for Archibald Constable and Co., 1818, 8vo, FIRST EDITION, half-title, original boards, uncut, binding soiled, rebacked and recornered; ii) Another copy. 1818, FIRST EDITION, half-title, modern green morocco-backed boards, uncut
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Literature

Norman 2200; Grolier Club, Darwin (2004), p.17

Catalogue Note

"This collection includes the first printing of Wells's 'Account of a female of the white race...,' which contains the first recognizable statement of the principle of natural selection... Darwin was not familiar with Wells's paper when he published the first edition of the Origin, but it was later called to his attention, and Darwin paid tribute to Wells's pioneering statement in the historical introduction to the third edition of the Origin" (Norman).

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London