The Descent of Man

Darwin's theory of evolution. Second edition, revised & augmented.


Charles Darwin


John Murray, London, 1882
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Printing Details

Second Edition, revised and augmented (fifteenth thousand). Hardback, bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine. Brown endpapers and pastedowns. 19.5 × 12.5cm, xvi + 693pp, 32pp publisher's ads.

Full title: The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex

The Descent of Man was the culmination of Darwin's life's work and describes his controversial theory of evolution to the origins of the human species. With occasional illustrations within the text, this book notoriously put apes in our family tree and made the races one family, diversified by 'sexual selection'—Darwin's provocative theory that female choice among competing males leads to diverging racial characteristics.


A good plus copy for age. The green cloth is rubbed to the corners and the font hinge has a frayed tear of 1.5cm at the head of the spine. There is some mottled fading to the fore-edge of the rear board. Lightly foxed to prelims but the main body of text is in good clean condition. Surface wear to the front hinge but the remains securely bound. Previous owner's inscription to ffep, "Henry Wheeler from C.J.D. 7/3/83". Overall, a decent copy.

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