VAN LAWICK-GOODALL, Jane.

The Behaviour of Free-living Chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream Reserve.

[published in:] Animal Behaviour Monographs, Volume 1, Part 3.

London: Baillière, Tindall & Cassell, 1968 Stock Code: 125628
£1,875.00

A notably bright copy of the author's first published edition of her PhD thesis

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First edition of the author's PhD thesis, completed in 1965, expanded for publication with material based on further research conducted in 1967. Goodall's thesis details her observations of the Kasakela chimpanzee community in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, primarily carried out between 1960 and 1965. Goodall "redefined humanity" in her early works by detailing evidence of both tool usage and emotional relationships in chimpanzee communities; both traits previously held in the scientific community as solely belonging to humans (Primatologist John R. Napier quoted in Peterson, p. 286). Goodall revolutionised the study of primates, giving the chimpanzees she studied names (such as Mr Worzle, David Greybeard, and Goblin) in place of numbers, and spending many more hours in the wild interacting with the animals than previously customary. Her methods of observation, which included providing feeding stations for the chimpanzees, were initially criticised due their perceived potential to alter natural behaviour, however it is now commonly agreed that such initiatives were crucial for gaining previously inaccessible insight into the chimpanzees's conduct. Her observations attracted the attention of the National Geographic, who commissioned an article on her work at Gombe (published as My Life with the Wild Chimpanzees in 1963) and sent the Dutch filmmaker, Hugo Van Lawick, to document her studies (they married in 1964, Goodall publishing under her married name for the duration of their marriage). This edition is scarce commercially, with no copies traced at auction, and provides a wonderful early example of the influential academic's work.

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Square octavo. Original pale green wrappers printed in dark green.

Illustrations

12 monochrome plates from photographs, line drawings and statistical diagrams in the text.

Condition

Spine just lightly sunned, else a fine copy.

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