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DARWIN, Charles.

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

With photographic and other illustrations.

London, John Murray, 1872 Stock Code: 139478
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First edition, Freeman's first issue, with "that", rather than the second-issue misspelling "htat" on the first line of p. 208. This copy has the plates lettered with Roman numerals, with another state in Arabic numerals, without priority of issue; Freeman believes that the Arabic plates were printed first, but notes that "the two states seem to occur at random in the two issues of the text, and Darwin's own copy, at Cambridge, has the Roman" (Freeman p. 144).
Expression of the Emotions completed Darwin's great cycle of evolutionary writings, "written, in part at least, as a confutation of the idea that the facial muscles of expression in man were a special endowment" (Freeman), a subject originally intended for the Descent of Man. Darwin invited the photographer Oscar Rejlander to make comparative studies of laughter and crying, obtained photographs of lunatics from asylum director James Crichton-Browne and consulted the French physiologist Guillaume Duchenne regarding his electrical research on the facial muscles. The plates are among the earliest commercially reproduced photographs in a printed book.

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Octavo. Original dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, black endpapers.


With 7 heliotype plates (3 folding); woodcut illustrations to the text (many full page).


A good copy in the original cloth, a little wear to extremities, rear hinge starting and loose at head of spine with a little loss of cloth, front hinge sound and firm, covers slight mottled but clean and bright, text and plates clean.


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