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GALTON, FRANCIS. - Inquiries into Human Faculty and its Development.

London, Macmillan 1883. Octavo half gilt morocco; xiv,387pp, mounted photo frontispiece & 4 plates (one folding colour). Ex parliamentary library with their gilt crest on the front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings; occasional spotting but a rather good, handsome copy. ¶ First edition. The improvement of the human race; Galton introduces us to eugenics (his word apparently used here for the first time), an idea that, under various names and guises, comes back to threaten us at regular intervals. Possibly more disastrous for us now, though, is his confident claim to have built a proven method of obtaining statistical insight into mental processes through the questionnaire. The book itself is a happy jumble, a reflection of a mind endlessly curious and ingenious in rationalising the ridiculous and delusionary and marshalling them into place in statistical tables. In Galton's hands this is provoking and entertaining.
AUD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 326.75 US$ 398.54 | £UK 288.25 | JP¥ 44350] Book number 6001

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