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Anthropology. BLUMENBACH. De Generis Humani Varietate Nativa.

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Anthropology. BLUMENBACH. De Generis Humani Varietate Nativa.
 
BLUMENBACH, Johann Friedrich. De Generis Humani Varietate Nativa. Praemissa est Epistola ad Virum Perillustrem Iosephum Banks Baronetum...  
Gôttingen, Vandenhoek et Ruprecht, 1795. 

In-8° piccolo di mm. 160 x 100, pp. XLIV, 2, 326, 10, con 2 tavv. in rame ripiegate f.t. al termine. Leg. piena pelle coeva, titoli e fregi in oro al dorso. Ex libris F. De la Mennais. Qualche pagina arrossata, ma buon esemplare.

Testo fondamentale nella storia dell’antropologia, appartenuto al celebre scrittore François de La Mennais: bella edizione, con nuove aggiunte, di questo interessante esemplare. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach ,1752-1840, pubblicò inizialmente questo testo in gioventù come lavoro di dottorato, nel 1775; in quest’edizione si aggiungono la lettera a Joseph Banks e l’Index Suppelectilis Anthropologicae Aucthoris ,ovvero la collezione di reperti riuniti dallo stesso Blumenbach. "His work is... now considered as the foundation of the science of physical anthropology - the study of the origin and evolution of the races of men... - B. was able to develop the thesis that all the living races are varietis of a single species, homo sapiens... B. was opposed to the practice of slavery and the then current belief in the inherent savagery of the colored races... Blumenbach had a great influence on the scientific explorers and travellers of the time; among his pupils were Alexander von Humboldt and others." (P.M.M., n. 219). "His classification, with little modification, has survived to the present time" (Garrison-Morton, n. 156).

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In small 8vo di mm. 160 x 100, pp. XLIV, 2, 326, 10, 2 folded plates o.t. at the end. Contemporary full calf binding, gilt title and rules on back. Ex libris F. De la Mennais. Some brownings, but good copy.

Very important text in the history of anthropology, belonging to the famous writer François de La Mennais: beautiful edition, with new additions, of this interesting specimen. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, 1752-1840, initially published this text in his youth as a doctoral work, in 1775; in this edition we add the letter to Joseph Banks and the Index Suppelectilis Anthropologicae Aucthoris, or the collection of findings gathered by Blumenbach himself. "His work is... now considered as the foundation of the science of physical anthropology - the study of the origin and evolution of the races of men... - B. was able to develop the thesis that all the living races are varietis of a single species, homo sapiens... B. was opposed to the practice of slavery and the then current belief in the inherent savagery of the colored races... Blumenbach had a great influence on the scientific explorers and travellers of the time; among his pupils were Alexander von Humboldt and others." (P.M.M., n. 219). "His classification, with little modification, has survived to the present time" (Garrison-Morton, n. 156). 

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