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1822 Lectures on Physiology, Zoology and the Natural History of Man : Lawrence

1822 Lectures on Physiology, Zoology and the Natural History of Man : Lawrence

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Lectures on Physiology, Zoology and the Natural History of Man

By W. Lawrence

Printed for the Booksellers, London, 1822. Two Volumes bound as one. Half leather binding, 8vo, pp 212 + 288.

CONDITION
A good copy. The leather binding is good as can be seen in the images provided. Some spotting to both title pages but all text pages good throughout. Small name written to front endpaper and bookplate to inside front board. Overall good.

In his mid-thirties, Lawrence published two books of his lectures which contained pre-Darwinian ideas on man's nature and, effectively, on evolution. The book was immediately attacked by Abernethy and others for materialism, and for undermining the moral welfare of the people. He was forced to withdraw the 1819 first edition after fierce criticism; the Lord Chancellor ruled it blasphemous. However, the book's notoriety was such that several publishers issued their own pirated editions, keeping the work in print for several decades.
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