W.W. Norton & Company, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #222717
384 pages. An application of biological precepts to humans which, given the time period in which it was written, inevitably drifts into eugenics. Jennings, a professor at John Hopkins and an expert on the evolution of single-celled organisms favors sterilization (p. 356) for people with defective genes. He also explores the subject of human race mixing with evidence from dog breeders. First edition (first printing). A very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. *** This copy belonged to Stephen Jay Gould and includes a posthumous tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. Gould was the author of The Mismeasure of Man, which explored the connections between race and science. He did not cite Jennings in that book, however. *** Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of the memorial bookplate, 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.