JOHANSEN, Donald & Maitland EDEY. Lucy. The Beginnings of Humankind. New York: Simon and Schuster. 1981.
8vo. Original brown cloth-backed paper-covered boards, with dustwrapper, maps to endpapers; pp. 409, 15 colour photographic plates, text illustrations; fine.
First edition. The story of the discovery of the oldest and most complete skeleton of any erect-walking human ancestor yet found. Though a more complete and older skeleton has since been found in 1992, Lucy was a scientific sensation and the information that was gleaned from her remains revolutionised the study of early humans. This is an entertaining account, written for the general reader but containing much important scientific material.