The Descent of Man

Darwin's writings on evolution


Charles Darwin


John Murray, London, 1890
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Second edition, revised and augmented (twenty-ninth thousand). Hardback bound in green cloth with gilt titling to spine. 19.5 × 12.5cm, xvi + 693pp.

In The Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin refused to discuss human evolution, believing the subject to be 'surrounded with prejudices'. He had been reworking his notes since the 1830s, but only with trepidation did he finally publish The Descent of Man in 1871. The 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. Named by Sigmund Freud as 'one of the ten most significant books' ever written, Darwin's Descent of Man continues to shape the way we think about what it is that makes us uniquely human.


A good reading copy. There is some mottling to the spine and the boards are bumped to the corners. The hinges are starting (the front hinge is showing the webbing but still holding well). The inner binding is secure and the pages are clean if a little age-toned.



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