Published by London: Macmillan and Co., 1870
Book First Edition
Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF WALLACE S ESSAYS ON NATURAL SELECTION, INCLUSIVE OF HIS FIRST WRITING ON THE TOPIC OF NATURAL SELECTION WITH RESPECT TO MAN. Wallace s thesis argues that natural selection alone is unable to account for human intellect and consciousness and therefore cannot fully explain the evolution of man. Prior to this work, Wallace s independently proposed theory of natural selection prompted Darwin to publish his own earlier than intended. Still the scientific friendship between Wallace and Darwin has become one of the most famous relationships in the history of science (Browne, Wallace and Darwin, Current Biology 23, 2013). A near-fine copy in publisher's cloth, with just minor rubbing to the edges of the binding. Name clipped from the front end paper, with a previous owner's stamp on the title page and also on its verso. The contents is clean and unmarked and very lightly if at all consulted. 42pp catalogue dated Jan 1870. Housed in a green cloth slipcase with chemise and leather label.
Published by Macmillan and Co, London, 1870
Seller: Burnside Rare Books, ABAA, Portland, OR, U.S.A.
Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's original green pebbled cloth with covers ruled in blind and spine stamped in gilt. Near Fine with bumping to corners, light rubbing at extremities, light wear to spine ends and slight darkening to spine. Inner hinges slightly cracked and tender. Pages toned. A British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, biologist and illustrator. Wallace is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection; his paper on the subject was jointly published with some of Charles Darwin's writings in 1858.