The Descent of Man. By Charles Darwin. Illustrated by Fritz Kredel. Collector’s Edition. Easton Press. Norwalk, 1979.

$70.00

Charles Darwin’s most well-known work is undoubtedly On the Origin of Species. It was foundational to our understanding of evolution and biological diversity. It was also controversial as it called into question the presupposed hierarchies of humans and nature. Yet it was not until The Descent of Man that Darwin truly addressed these issues. In it, he unabashedly applies his evolutionary theory to humankind. It is widely considered an equally influential work to On the Origin of Species. Many would call it Darwin’s second magnum opus. Our understanding of hereditary traits and human origins comes directly from The Descent of Man. Yet the work also has a tarnished legacy. Much of it was used to justify eugenics, Social Darwinism, and all manner of pseudo-scientific and racist conceptions of evolution. Still, it remains an important volume, one that any collector of Darwin’s works or scientific texts should possess. This edition from the Easton Press also pairs the work with illustrations by Fritz Kredel, making it a spectacular version of the text.

This collector’s edition is in fine condition. In the original leather boards, finely gilt stamped. Raised bands. Silk moire endpapers and bookmark sewn in. Text block fine. Gilt edges. With two of the publisher’s original bookplates laid in.

A fine collector’s copy of The Descent of Man.

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The Descent of Man. By Charles Darwin. Illustrated by Fritz Kredel. Collector’s Edition. Easton Press. Norwalk, 1979.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in