Phylogeny of an Acquired Characteristic

By Hyatt, Alpheus

SKU# 16093

$ 75.00

Pp. 349-647; 9 folding anatomical plates of shells printed on clay-coated paper, 2 other full page plates, 13 text-figures. Early one-quarter red cloth over black marbled boards, spine labeled in black ink by hand, (original printed green wrappers bound in place), 8vo. Title page reads: Extracted from Proceedings American Philosophical Society, vol. xxxii, no. 43. This is the first edition in book form. The front wrapper is inscribed by the author “with the compliments of Alpheus Hyatt.” Alpheus Hyatt (1838-1902) was an American zoologist and paleontologist; he studied under Louis Agassiz and was a proponent of Neo-Lamarckism with Edward Drinker Cope. He and a colleague founded ‘The American Naturalist’ and Hyatt served as editor from 1867 to 1870. Hyatt became a professor of paleontology and zoology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1870, where he taught for eighteen years, and was a professor of biology and zoology at Boston University from 1877 until his death in 1902 (modified after Wiki).   In this monograph Hyatt makes the case for the inheritance of an acquired character in the Cephalopoda using examples from nautiloids and ammonoids. A rare anti-darwinian study.   From the library of paleontologist Arthur K. Miller with bookplate and signature on the front free endpaper. Miller writes “Received as a gift from Professor Robert T. Jackson, 8/23/41.” Signature of Robert Jackson on the front wrapper under the inscription of Alpheus Hyatt.

Publisher American Philosophical Society
Publisher Place Philadelphia
Date Published 1894
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Very good
Condition Description Cloth on the spine is wrinkled and lightly sunned, light wear to the edges of the boards, the original wrappers and the text and plates are bright and clean; aside from the wrinkled spine, this a tight, very good copy.
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