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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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