The Chances of Death and Other Studies in Evolution.London & New York: Edward Arnold, 1897 Stock Code: 124826
NotesFirst edition of this collection of essays by the statistician and eugenicist Karl Pearson (1857-1936). "Several of Pearson's essays dating from the 1880s and 1890s, published in his Chances of Death... show that he had already begun to explore scientific ideas that would become central components of his eugenic creed, such as Darwinism, the inheritance of physical and mental characteristics, and the differential fertility of fit and unfit stocks" (ODNB). This formed the groundwork for his publications on eugenics in the subsequent two decades.
2 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, spines lettered in gilt, dark green endpapers.
Illustrated frontispieces with tissue-guards and 25 other illustrations, graphs and diagrams.
Bookseller's stamp to rear endpapers. Spines lightly rolled, some marking to covers, extremities lightly bumped. A very good set.
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