An Essay on the Causes of the Variety of Complexion and Figure in the Human Species. To which are added, animadversions on certain remarks made on the first edition of this Essay, by Mr Charles White, in a series of Discourses delivered before the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester in England. Also, strictures on Lord Kaims’ Discourse on the Original Diversity of Man and an Appendix.

New Brunswick: Published by J. Simpson and Co. and William and Whiting, New York, Printed by L. Deare, 1810.

“Second Edition...Enlarged and Improved”. 411, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary calf. Minor wear Sabin 84106; Jessop p.142; Austin 1777; LCP/HSP Afro-American Catalogue, 9547; Shaw & Shoemaker 21369; Fay p. 222. Item #314838

The most important Pre-Darwinian American essay for the genetic unity of mankind, rejecting the theory of separate creation of the different races. Smith’s Essay was first published in Philadelphia, 1788, and is here greatly enlarged not only by the additional material referred to in the title (responses to White and Kames), but also by a new essay, forming an Appendix (pp.353-411), “on The Natural Bravery and Fortitude of the American Indians.”.

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