Darwin and Butler. Two Versions of Evolution

WILLEY, Basil. Darwin and Butler. Two Versions of Evolution.

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WILLEY, Basil. Darwin and Butler. Two Versions of Evolution. Chatto & Windus 1960.

8vo. Original red cloth, gilt lettering to spine; pp. Viii + 9-116; very good. Provenance: with bookplate of Royal United Service Institution to front pastedown, Biro inscription to ffep and stamped library number to title page.
First edition. The text of the Willey's Hibbert Lecture of 1959, in which the eminent literary scholar compares Darwinism to the competing philosophy of Samuel Butler. Butler did not deny evolution, but he had no truck with natural selection, favouring an idea of intelligent design and a feeling that Darwin had hoodwinked his public all along.

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