Charles Darwin | The Descent of Man, 1871, first edition, first issue, original cloth
4,000 to - 6,000 GBP
The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE ("transmitted" first word on p.297 of vol. 1, errata on verso of title leaf to vol. 2, tipped in "postscript" leaf after p.viii of vol.2), half titles, engraved illustrations, both volumes with publisher's list of "Standard Works" (16 pages, dated January 1871), publisher's green cloth stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, dark blue end-papers, joints weak, lower cover of vol. 1 almost detached, rubbed, corners bumped, minor loss at heads and tails of spines
THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE WORD "EVOLUTION" IN ANY WORK BY DARWIN.
In The Descent of Man, Darwin "compared man's physical and psychological characteristics to similar traits in apes and other animals, showing how even man's mind and moral sense could have developed through evolutionary processes" (Norman). 2,500 copies of the first issue were published on 24 February, and sold at £1.4s. It sold quickly and the second issue was printed the following month.
"The book, in its first edition, contains two parts, the descent of man itself, and selection in relation to sex. The word 'evolution' occurs, for the first time in any of Darwin's works, on page 2 of the first volume of the first edition, that is to say before its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species in the following year. The last chapter is about sexual selection in relation to man, and it ends with the famous peroration about man's lowly origin, the wording of which differs slightly in the first edition from that which is usually quoted" (Freeman).
Freeman 938; Garrison Morton 170
joints weak, lower cover of vol. 1 almost detached, rubbed, corners bumped, minor loss at heads and tails of spines
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.