Zoonomia; or, the Laws of Organic Life.
Seller ID: 1937
London: J. Johnson, 1801. Third edition, corrected, in four volumes (pp. x, 516; 565; xvi, 512; 493, index). Tall octavo (23 cm) in full leather, gilt titles and decorations to spine. Bindings worn but holding; text is clean and bright. Darwin’s (1731- 1802) most important work of practical and theoretical science includes speculation on the origins and development of life forms (‘proto-evolutionary’ theory), but he did not disdain designs for helpful everyday devices (an adjustable couch). His interests reflect the impulse common among his contemporaries to apply rationality to industry development, social reform (He supported the education of women and the anti-slavery movement), and natural history. An important contribution to the natural sciences was being Charles Darwin’s grandfather. A very good, clean copy.
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