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[MAUPERTUIS Pierre Louis Moreau De].
Venus Physique. Part I : Dissertation Physique a l'Occasion du Negre Blanc; Part II : Varietés dans l'Espece Humaine.

pp. 5, (i) Errata, (ii) blank, 240. Contemporary calf, spine with gilt panels and raised bands, characteristic wear to edges and corners, joints firm and contents bright with very wide margins, book-plate of ALFRED BRAITHWAITE, ex libris RICHARD FREEMAN, Darwin scholar, with a few of his notes at the front - 'stock evolutionary quotation is on p.175', a nice copy with excellent provenance.

*TOGETHER WITH : BASSET DE ROSIERS, Gilles. L'Anti-Venus Physique. Premiere Partie. Ou Critique de la Dissertation Sur l'origine des Hommes & des Animaux. N'éveillez point le chat qui dort [Let sleeping dogs (or cats) lie]. No publisher. No place. 1746. First edition. 12mo. in 8s. pp. (iv), 219, (i) blank. Title to Part II tipped-in before p.145. Part I : Critique de la Dissertation Pre'tendue Physique a l'occasion du Negre Blanc; Part II : La Critique de la Dissertation Sur l'origine des Noirs. Contemporary tree calf newly rebacked, title and final leaf foxed with occasional marginal foxing elsewhere, otherwise a very good copy with good margins, ex libris RICHARD FREEMAN with his notes at the front. **SEE - Forerunners of Darwin, 1745-1859, edited by Bentley Glass, Owsei Temkin, and William L. Straus, Jr. COPAC records the 1751 edition in Edinburgh, Cambridge and at the Wellcome [with a frontispiece, though this is not mentioned elsewhere]; it does not record the 1745 edition of Maupertuis in the UK; OCLC gives the BN France and BEIC Italy; COPAC has the British Library only for the Basset whilst OCLC gives 7 locations, all in Europe.

No publisher. No place [?Paris].

Date Published: 1751. Sixieme Édition, revue & augmentée. [First 1745]. 12mo.

Stock No. 62698

Price: £1,450.00