Westview Press, Inc., 1980. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #237139
627 pages. Printed from tyepscript. A collection of essays based on a 1978 symposium. 'This is the first colleciton of essays on sociobiology in which opposing views are aired.' -- from the About page. First edition (first printing). A near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. Gould opposed the notion of sociobiology and co-wrote a letter titled 'Against 'Sociobiology'' to the New York Review of Books in 1975. With a posthumous 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.