First Edition of Carl Sagan's The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence; Inscribed by Him
The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence.
Item Number: 46007
New York : Random House, 1977.
First edition of the Sagan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, which combines the fields of anthropology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and computer science to give a perspective on how human intelligence may have evolved. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Inscribed by Carl Sagan on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Cover painting by Don Davis. Rare and desirable signed by Sagan.
The Dragons of Eden is an expansion of the Jacob Bronowski Memorial Lecture in Natural Philosophy which Sagan gave at the University of Toronto. In the introduction Sagan presents his thesis—that "the mind... [is] a consequence of its anatomy and physiology and nothing more"—in reference to the works of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Carl Sagan takes the reader on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends--and their amazing links to recent discoveries. "A history of the human brain from the big bang, fifteen billion years ago, to the day before yesterday...It's a delight" (The New York Times).