Boston: Littell and Gay. Very Good. 1871. First Edition. Paperback. in Littell's Living Age No. 1427 (October 14, 1871), 67-90 pp.; 22 pages; Contents clean and complete in original printed wrappers in this issue of Littell's Living Age. Wrappers worn at edges, faint bend at center. This 22 page article on Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man had no authorial attribution when it first appeared in The Quarterly Review 131 (1871) published by John Murray in London. Nor was the author identified in this first American appearance in Littell's Living age. Nonetheless, we now know it was penned by St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900). Mivart was initially an ardent believer in natural selection, but later became a fierce critic, attempting to reconcile evolution with the beliefs of the Catholic Church. He viewed human intelligence as unique and divinely inspired. The work reviewed - The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex by Darwin - was first published in late February 1871. Although demand for the book was energetic, most of the ideas had already been promulgated in Darwin's book Origin of the Species in 1859. In January 1871, St. George Mivart, had published his book On the Genesis of Species, which was a critique of the theory of natural selection. In further defense of his position, Mivart wrote this review of The Descent of Man published anonymously. At reading the review, Darwin guessed Mivart was the author and worried that he (Darwin) would soon be vilified by the general public. . (Inventory #: 39243)
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