Lot 129 (Books & Works on Paper including Autographs & Memorabilia, 31st March 2020)
The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, first issue, 16pp. ads in each vol., text illustrations, occasional foxing, mostly to preliminaries, publisher's green blind tooled cloth, extremities slightly bumped, preserved in a green slipcase, [Freeman 937; Garrison-Morton 170; Printing and the Mind of Man 169; Rieber 121.] 8vo, John Murray, 1871.
*** The first time Darwin uses the word ‘evolution’ in any of his publications. It also contains Darwin's important (and then controversial) statement that the extinct ancestors of Homo Sapiens would have been classified among the primates. "One of the ten most significant books ever written" (Sigmund Freud).