PEYROUX DE LA COUDRENIÈRE (Henri).

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PEYROUX DE LA COUDRENIÈRE (Henri).
Mémoire sur les sept espèces d'hommes, et sur les causes des altérations de ces espèces. Paris, Allut, Cerioux, Latour, Leclerc, Royez, 1814. In-8, yellow moiré paper boards, reinforced spine with title in ink on spine (Contemporary boards). First edition of this memoir on human races, in which the author, a precursor of Gobineau, argues for the superiority of the white race and calls for the destruction of slavery as a means of regenerating nations. The fifth section, devoted to the Men of the Woods, i.e. the great primates like the orang-utan, intermediate varieties between man and ape, is very interesting for the author's evolutionist thesis: It seems that there are gaps between the species of man and the species of ape. Perhaps, in very remote centuries, these gaps were filled; but time and circumstances will have caused several species to be lost. It may also be that these species, which are missing, still exist on the surface of the sun or of some planets (p. 44). Spine rebacked, inner hinges strengthened.
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