Arno Press, 1980. Hardcover. Item #215240
Volume I: 299 pages. Volume II: 384-847 pages. Facsimile reprint of the 1849 - 1852 edition published by V. Masson, Paris. Text in French. Illustrated in black-and-white. From the History of Paleontology collection of reprints by Arno Press. A fine hardcover two volume set in brown cloth with gold lettering on covers and spines. No dust jackets. From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. *** Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay 'A Seahorse for All Races' Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: 'Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book.' *** We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.