London: Cassell Petter and Galpin, [c.1882.]. Octavo. Bound in full calf, gilt ruling to boards, with raised bands, red title label and extra gilt to spine; all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, blind tooling to board margins, gilt to board edges. Illustrated with 242 engravings. The binding is a little rubbed to extremities. Internally clean and free from spotting. Figuier was a French scientist, primarily researching in the fields of medicine and biology. During his lifetime, several major discoveries that shed new light on the origins of the human species were made, foremost among them, the joint discovery of evolution by Wallace and Darwin. This work attempts to synthesise these discoveries, within the frame of nineteenth century. Figuier therefore divides the human race into white, yellow, brown, red, and black races, and consequently this volume offers a completely astonishing view into the past. With a neat calligraphic inscription, "Grove House School, South Hackney" to "Frederick William Hodgkinson, for his taste in drawing, Christmas 1882" Item #44197
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