London: John Murray, 1871. [Evolutionary science] FIRST EDITION, Second state. Two volumes, octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.424; pp.476. Bound without adverts in contemporary green half morocco, gilt, with matching cloth sides, marbled edges and endpapers. Contents very clean, same neat ink name (Dutton) to each half title, binding gently aged with light rubbing only. A fine set. 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 #53387
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