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EVOLUTIONARY CLASSIC

LAMARCK, Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de (1744-1829)

Philosophie zoologique : ou Exposition des considerations relative a l'histoire naturelle des animaux; a la diversite de leur organisation et des facultes qu'ils en obtiennent; aux causes physiques qui maintiennent en eux la vie et donnent lieu aux mouvemens qu'ils executent; enfin, a celles qui produisent, les unes le sentiment, et les autres l'intelligence de ceux qui en sont doues. , Paris : Chez Dentu; L'Auteur 1809. FIRST EDITION. 1809

2 octavo volumes. Pagination pp. [2] xxv [1, blank] 428; [2] 475 [1, blank], bound without half-titles, texts complete. [Garrison-Morton 216; Norman 1267; PMM 262; Wellcome III, p.435].
"Lamarck's best-known work and a classic in the literature of evolutionary theory. It propounds the theory that species were not perpetually unalterable and that the more complex might have been developed from simpler forms." (PMM).
"The best-known and most extensive presentation of Lamarck's evolutionary theory of species development. The work is divided into three parts, the first two of which contain a more elaborate analysis of the evidence for increasing levels of complexity, and a more detailed discussion of Lamarck's two-factor theory (a natural tendency in the organic realms towards increasing complexity, together with the influence of the environment). The third and most important parts deals in great detail with an extension of these earlier theories: the problem of the physical explanation (as opposed to a philosophical or religious one) for the emergence of the higher mental faculties. Lamarck's explanation linked higher progressive development to an increasing structural complexity of the nervous system--a necessary and crucial argument for including man among the products of evolutionary process, as it was at that point, according to his theory, that animals began to conceive ideas and control their movements, thus enabling them violuntarily to form the habits (such as stretching the neck up to feed on high branches) that would eventually result in the development of new organs. (Norman). It is here, in the 'Philosophie zoologique', that Lamarck works out his important theory of the 'inheritance of acquired characters'; that an animal's environment can cause heritable changes in the animal's body. He further extends this by integrating it with the earlier theory that forms of life move towards greater complexity, thus providing a spur to evolution. Lamarck's work already has an important and established historical place in the development in the theory of evolution, and they are now also finding traction in theories of epigenetics.

Edition
FIRST EDITION.

Condition
Modern half calf, with the original nineteenth century spines laid down,sporadic scattered spotting.
£6,000