Charles Darwin - By Sir Gavin de Beer F.R.S, F.S.A

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Charles Darwin

Evolution by Natural Selection

Written by: Sir Gavin de Beer F.R.S, F.S.A
Category: Non Fiction
Genre: Biography, Science

Book Details:

ISBN 13: 17004735
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Lee Fung Printing Co Ltd
Date Published: 1968
Language: English
Edition: Reprint
Condition: Good
Appearance: An aged copy of this book with visible wear on the cover, including some scuff marks and slight discoloration. The spine shows signs of use but is intact. The pages are yellowed with age but remain readable. There are no significant tears or markings inside.


My introduction to the name of Darwin took place nearly sixty years ago in Paris, where I used to be taken from i'ny home in the Rue de la Paix to play in the Gardens of the Tuileries. On the way, in the Rue saint-honoré near the corner of the Rue de Castiglione, was a Shop that called itself Articles pour chz'ens and sold dog collars, harness, leads, raincoats, greatcoats With little pockets for handker chiefs, and buttoned boots made of india - rubber, the pair for fore - paws larger than the pair for hind-paws. One day this heavenly shop produced a catalogue, and although I have long since lost it, I remember its introduction as vividly as if I had it before me. It began, 'on sait depuis Darwin que nous descendons des singes, ce qui nous'fait encore plus aimer nos chiens.' I asked, 'qu'est ce que ca veut dire, Darre-vingt?' My father came to the rescue and told me that Darwin was a famous Englishman who had done something or other that meant nothing to me at all; but I recollect that because Darwin was English and a great man, it all fitted perfectly into my pattern of life, which was built on the principle that if anything was English it must be good. I have learnt better since then, but Darwin, at any rate, has never let me down.

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