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DARWIN, Charles

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“One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”

― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

 

A rare edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man,’ and first American edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ – one of the most important scientific books ever written. ‘Descent of Man’ is the work in which Darwin’s theories of evolution by means of natural selection were realized. Before this book, Darwin applied his thoughts to animals and plants but had not yet decided they also could be realized in Homo sapiens. In fact, the world ‘evolution’ had not appeared in any Darwinian work prior to ‘Descent of Man.’ Many of Darwin’s theories that were prevalent in ‘Descent’ have been misconstrued and misinterpreted – most notably that humans descended from apes. Darwin never said humans came from apes or monkeys. Darwin’s actually said that “human ancestors, if alive today, would have to be classified among the Primates.” (De Beer).

 

‘Origin of Species,’ originally written in 1859, helped lay the foundation for many of the theories of evolution that would shape thinking for the next century. According to Glick,

“‘Origin of Species’ greatest impact on German biological practice lay in the introduction of historical modes of explanation for the observable phenomena of living nature. The historical approach to nature was rejected, not only by the opponents of evolution, but also by the idealist evolutionist. Whether they favored a teleological or a reductionist biology, the idealists could not see the point of a theory that emphasized the irregularities and exceptions in the organic world. In the timeless real of idealist thinking, unchanging laws worked out an inevitable destiny. But Darwin taught his followers to look at living beings one by one. Thus prompted, they recognized, as if for the first time, the surprising fact of anomaly and the wisdom of an open-ended theory.” (Glick, Comparative Reception of Darwinism)

Garrison calls this work “the most wonderful piece of synthesis in the history of science.”

 

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1883 Darwin Origin of Species Descent of Man Evolution APES Monkeys Science RARE

 

“One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”

― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

 

A rare edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man,’ and first American edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ – one of the most important scientific books ever written. ‘Descent of Man’ is the work in which Darwin’s theories of evolution by means of natural selection were realized. Before this book, Darwin applied his thoughts to animals and plants but had not yet decided they also could be realized in Homo sapiens. In fact, the world ‘evolution’ had not appeared in any Darwinian work prior to ‘Descent of Man.’ Many of Darwin’s theories that were prevalent in ‘Descent’ have been misconstrued and misinterpreted – most notably that humans descended from apes. Darwin never said humans came from apes or monkeys. Darwin’s actually said that “human ancestors, if alive today, would have to be classified among the Primates.” (De Beer).

 

‘Origin of Species,’ originally written in 1859, helped lay the foundation for many of the theories of evolution that would shape thinking for the next century. According to Glick,

“‘Origin of Species’ greatest impact on German biological practice lay in the introduction of historical modes of explanation for the observable phenomena of living nature. The historical approach to nature was rejected, not only by the opponents of evolution, but also by the idealist evolutionist. Whether they favored a teleological or a reductionist biology, the idealists could not see the point of a theory that emphasized the irregularities and exceptions in the organic world. In the timeless real of idealist thinking, unchanging laws worked out an inevitable destiny. But Darwin taught his followers to look at living beings one by one. Thus prompted, they recognized, as if for the first time, the surprising fact of anomaly and the wisdom of an open-ended theory.” (Glick, Comparative Reception of Darwinism)

Garrison calls this work “the most wonderful piece of synthesis in the history of science.”

 

Item number: #9317

Price: $750

 

DARWIN, Charles

 

On the origin of species by means of natural selection.

 

The descent of man and selection in relation to sex

 

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1883.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • Origin of Species – [xxi], 458, [2]
    • Descent of Man – [xvi], 688, [4]
    • Intext illustrations throughout
  • References: Freeman 438; Glick; Garrison & Morton 220; Printing and the Mind of Man, 344b.
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Cloth; tight and secure
  • Size: ~8in X 5.5in (20.5cm x 13.5cm)

 

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9317

Categories

Botany, Gardening, & Herbals

Medicine & Science

Authors

DARWIN, Charles

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Hardcover

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete