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. Foxing at ends, hinges cracked and showing (vol 1 text block nearly detached at upper hinge), light 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 catalogs 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).