The sequel to the Origin

The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex.

London: John Murray, 1871.

Price: $9,000.00


About the item

First edition, first issue (with errata on verso of vol. II title-leaf). viii, 423, [1]; viii, [ii], 475, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. The sequel to the Origin. Publisher's green cloth. Light wear to covers, expertly recased. Bookplate. Freeman 937.

Item #308674

Darwin's Descent of Man created an uproar second only to his Origin of the Species; however, “contrary to popular error, prevalent now as well as then, Darwin never said that man was descended from apes, let alone monkeys; what he claimed was that man's ancestors if alive today would have to be classified among the Primates” (De Beer, Charles Darwin, pp. 210-1). ODNB further clarifies, "The Descent, understood by Darwin as a sequel to the Origin, was written with a maturity and depth of learning that marked Darwin's status as an élite gentleman of science"