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GASKELL, Walter H[olbrook].
On the Origin of Vertebrates, Deduced from the Study of Ammocoetes. Parts I-XIII, complete.

I & II -:- pp. (513)-581, (i). 1 coloured plate with 6 figures, 7 text figures. III -:- pp. (i), (154)-188. 1 double-page coloured plate, 6 text figures. IV -:- pp. (i), (638)-671, (i). 1 coloured plate with 6 figures, 15 text figures. V-VIII -:- pp. (465)-587, (i). 2 coloured plates with 10 figures [1 folding], 33 text figures. IX -:- pp. (i), (224)-267, (i). 12 text figures. X -:- pp. (i), (164)-208. 13 text figures. XI -:- pp. (i), (168)-219, (i). 6 text figures. XII -:- pp. (371)-401, (i). XIII -:- pp. (1)-15, (i). 2 text figures.

TOGETHER WITH : GASKELL, W. H., STARLING E. H., GADOW, H. and others. Discussion on the Origin of Vertebrates. Reprint from Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Session 122. 1910. pp. (ii), (9)-50. All in original printed paper wrappers, excellent condition apart from the slight damage to the foot of the backstrip in one part, signature of SIR A[rthur]. S[mith]. WOODWARD on one wrapper, neat stamp of University College London on each front cover of the main series and either the final plate or text leaf, in all other ways a very good set.

*Exceptionally rare in this form and precedes GARRISON-MORTON #243 The Origin of Vertebrates, 1908 - 'Gaskell was probably the most brilliant of Michael Foster's pupils. His history of the origin of vertebrates from invertebrate ancestors is not universally accepted.' In his review of the Linnean Society discussion, in NATURE 1910, J. GRAHAM KERR, stated - 'The remarks made by Dr. Gaskell and his supporters make it apparent that there exist wide differences between what they accept as the correct principles of morphological research and those which are accepted by other working morphologists...... The forgoing paragraphs are not meant as a criticism of Dr. Gaskell's hypothesis. They are merely meant to direct attention to an extraordinary want of agreement as to methods or principles of morphological research.' In part XIII, Gaskell sums up his thesis - 'In a series of papers published in this Journal I have developed my theory of the origin of vertebrates, and have compared step by step, every organ in the arthropod with the corresponding organ in the vertebrate, and shown how one after another each has fitted into its right place, on the assumption that the arthropod has given rise to the vertebrate without any reversal of surfaces, an assumption which necessitates the formation of a new alimentary canal for the vertebrate.' GASKELL [1847-1914] had hoped to complete his study but never did so; in part XIII he stated - 'I am aware that in the course of these papers I have promised at some time to consider separately the vascular and lymphatic systems and the external covering, and I still hope to be able some day to publish something on these subjects. At present, however, I am engaged in putting the whole story into book form, and until that is accomplished I am not likely to add to this series.' SIR ARTHUR SMITH WOODWARD FRS (23 May 1864 2 September 1944) English palaeontologist, known as a world expert in fossil fish. He also described the Piltdown Man fossils, which were later determined to be fraudulent. He is not related to Henry Woodward, whom he replaced as curator of the Geology Department of the British Museum of Natural History.

OFFPRINTS from The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology, Vols. XXXII to XL.

Date Published: 1898-1906. 13 parts in 9.

Stock No. 63199

Price: 750.00