London: John Murray, Albermarle Street, 1871. First Edition, First Printing. Hardback. First Edition, First Issue. Extremely scarce. With "transmitted" the first word on p.297 in the first volume; in the second volume, printer's note on verso of half-title, errata on verso of title, and the postscript leaf after p.viii. January ads in both volumes.
The First Edition contains two parts: The Descent of Man itself, and Selection in Relation to Sex.
"The word 'evolution' (in Volume 1, .2) occurs for the very first time in any of Darwin's worlds." (Freeman, 128-9).
Often misunderstood, Darwin never said that man was descended from apes, let alone monkeys; that statement of his -- what he claimed (and that highly important, and still controversial statement today) was that man's ancestors, if alive today, would have to be classified among the primates.
One of the most significant books ever written (SIGMUND FREUD) Freeman 937; GarrisonMorton 170; Printing and the Mind of Man 169; Rieber 12.
SCARCE AND HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE
Beautifully bound by Zaehnsdorf in three quarter brown leather and marbled boards with matching floral endpapers, both volumes surprisingly very near fine condition -- remarkably free of foxing --with gilt titles clean and surprisingly bright. True collector's copies.. Very Near Fine / N/A. Item #10414