London: John Murray, 1871. [Evolutionary science] FIRST EDITION, Second Issue. Two volumes, octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.424; pp.476, with pp.16 adverts bound at the rear of each volume. Publisher's green cloth lettered in gilt to spine, stamped in blind to covers, coated brown endpapers. Light and occasional spotting, same ink ownership to each flyleaf, some expert repair to spine ends and joints. Very Good. The work in which Darwin first uses the word "evolution". 'The Descent of Man' is the naturalist author's second book on evolutionary theory following the 1859 landmark 'Origin of Species', and is concerned with outlining the application of Darwin's theory to human evolution, and detailing the theory of sexual selection. Item #53355
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