Boston, Massachusetts: S.E. Cassino and Company, 1883. Second American Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Item #27073
viii + 337 + 24 pages of publishers' announcements at back. The text with the author's impressions as a naturalist visiting India & Ceylon: botanical gardens, the hill country, his zoological laboratory and its arrangements and difficulties of operation; coffee culture; and his return journey with time spent in Egypt. Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) "...Although trained as a physician, Haeckel abandoned his practice in 1859 after reading Darwin's Origin of Species. Always suspicious of teleological and mystical explanation, Haeckel used the Origin as ammunition both to attack entrenched religious dogma and to build his own unique world view....Haeckel was influenced both by the German idealistic tradition and by the works of Darwin. After reading Origin of Species, Haeckel became one of the more prolific and vociferous supporters of evolution, but was less supportive of natural selection as the mechanism by which evolution occurred. Hacekel was certainly an evolutionist but less so a Darwinian. ..."(UC Berkeley biography) Title page with the small, very faint previous owner name-stamp of collector George R. Brush; M.D. in the U.S. Navy; a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894. Volume approx. 5 3/4" x 7 3/4" size; bound in the original black cloth, paper spine title-label; top edge gilt. A little edge, tips wear to the covers, short closed tear at bottom edge of contents leaf; in very good condition.