DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882.
The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871. 2 volumes. Original green cloth lettered in gilt. Light foxing to preliminary leaves and publisher's catalogues, hinges cracked, front joint of first volume partially split, some shelfwear.
First edition, first issue with "transmitted" on line 1 of page 297, first volume, errata on verso of title-page, second volume, both publisher's catalogues dated January. Darwin here applies his evolutionary theory to man, thereby opening doors to modern conceptions of existence. "This is really two works. The first demolished the theory that the universe was created for Man, while in the second Darwin presented a mass of evidence in support of his earlier hypothesis regarding sexual selection" . (Garrison & Morton 170).