GOULD, Stephen Jay Wonderful Life. The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History. New York: W.W. Norton and Co. 1989.
8vo. Original cloth and wrapper; pp. 347, numerous text illustrations; fine. Provenance: from the library of Richard Milner, Gould's childhood friend and also a writer on evolution. Gould contributed forewords to Milner's Encyclopedia of Evolution and Darwin's Universe: Evolution from A to Z. Inscribed by Gould to the half-title: "To Richard/ In friendship/ Steve".
First edition. In this book Gould extrapolates an account of scientific misinterpretation and wishful thinking from the story of Burgess Shale, a limestone quarry in the Canadian Rockies that holds the remains of dozens of unique and weird creatures.