Descent of Man and selection in relation to sex by Charles Darwin, 2nd edition.
The Descent of Man was first published in 1871. It is a study in human evolution and details Darwin’s theory of sexual selection. As Darwin explains, “The sole object of this work is to consider, firstly, whether man, like every other species, is descended from some pre-existing form; secondly, the manner of his development; and thirdly, the value of the differences between the so-called races of man.” It is Darwin’s second book on evolutionary theory, following his 1859 work of On the Origins of Species. This hardback copy is a 2nd edition, nineteenth thousandth with black and white illustrations.
Original green cloth boards with faded spine. The covers are grubby with lightly mottled section on the edges. Repaired 1cm split on the top edge of the spine. Gilt lettering on the spine. Blind stamped decoration to boards. Corners are worn. The bindings are tight. Clean end papers and the contents are generally free from foxing. Uncut page edges. Browned pages. 8vo. 693 pp