London: John Murray, 1885. [Evolutionary science] SECOND EDITION, revised and augmented (nineteenth thousand). In a single volume; first published in two volumes, 1871. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.xvi; 693; , blank. With in-text black and white illustrations. Bound in original green cloth with gilt titles to spine, ruled to covers in blind, coated dark brown endpapers. Discreet ownership (1887), contents clean, edges a little toned, cloth rubbed and flecked, some marks/discolour to covers, neatly recased. Very good. '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 #56302
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