Wellington, New Zealand: Nova Pacifica, 1982. Title page printed in red and black. Text printed on 160 gsm Rives Offset, vellum finish, 100 percent rag. Frontisportrait of Darwin tipped-in; twenty-seven color plates tipped-in; 152 additional illustrations in black and white. Plates printed by Panmure Printers Limited of Auckland. Very minor foxing to fore-edge, else a fine copy in a slightly soiled leather-edges blue board slipcase with a printed paper label. Half dark blue calf over blue buckram with contrasting leather pieces and gold blocking on front board, gilt spine with red and blue leather labels. Marbled endpapers. Publisher’s full-color printed ad laid in. Thick quarto. . xii, 376, [+1, colophon] pp. Item #16362
“The publication of Charles Darwin 1809-1882; A Centennial Commemorative now provides the modern scholar and layperson alike with the unique opportunity of recognizing the far reaching effects of Darwin’s life and findings on science and society in a single, authoritative volume. Individually, the contributing scholars demonstrate an immense unity of respect for the man and the strength and soundness of his theories” (from the publisher’s ad). The present work is divided into four parts: Darwin’s biography, Darwin and the Nineteenth Century, Darwin and the Sciences, and Darwin and the Twentieth-Century. The book also contains a substantial list of bibliographic references and a useful three-part index.