Old book published in 1874

image: Descent of Man book 2nd edition ©DSGThis is my 1874 edition of Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. It was purchased at a used book store in Tupelo, Mississippi. The original publication was in 1871, and there were several revisions, including this reprint from the 2nd English edition. Originally it was published as a two volume set. The book met much criticism as well as praise, as the preface states. Some scholars of the time thought it to be far less superior than Darwin’s previous work of 1859, On The Origin of Species. Not to say that I agree or disagree with Darwin’s theories, just stating that this is the oldest book in my personal library. Don’t you just love all books, especially the old original ones?
image: Descent of Man book 2nd edition ©DSGHere is the inside front page. Notice that there is no date of publication. This book is a cherished volume, even though it is not a 1st edition.