The Descent of Man. London: John Murray: 1871. 2 vols. Original blindstamped green cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Light foxing to preliminary leaves and publisher's catalogues, first page of publisher's catalog in vol 1 detached but present, upper cover of vol II with some abrasions, shelfwear. In slipcase.
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. In this work Darwin applies his evolutionary theory to man. "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).