Important essay, illustrated by many tipped-in plates, on human evolution. Racist theses supporting the superiority of the white race and its descent from evolved ancestors.
Full leather binding, spine with gold tooling, damaged. 2 vols in one. Pp. viii, ; 435; 394, . Widespread browning and stains. Numerous illustrations of different human races and their ancestors.
A pharmacist and physician, Virey was extraordinarily prolific as an author, and his writings span a wide range of both practical and philosophical interests, including pharmacy, medicine, natural philosophy, anthropology, social hygiene, mental health, etc. "Remarkable is his Histoire naturelle du genre humain, a typical work of early nineteenth-century anthropology in its generalizations on the types of man, customs, religion, psychology, language, childhood, women and social organization". (DSB).
Histoire Naturelle Du Genre Humain, Ou Recherches sur ses principaux Fondemens physiques et moraux; précédées d'un Discours sur la nature des êtres organiques, et sur l'ensemble de leur physiologie. On y a joint une dissertation sur le sauvage de l'Aveyron.
Paris: F.Dufart, An IX 
Joseph Virey (1775–1846) tries here to provide a kind of anthropological taxonomy, classifying humans and monkeys into different categories. It includes discussions about the superiority of homo sapiens, male and female, the distribution of the human race with examples of different types, the natural history of black man and its links with that of white man and orangutan, Creoles and mixed races, albinos, etc.
- Number of Books
- Human Races, Racism, Evolutionism
- Author/ Illustrator
- J. Virey
- Book Title
- Histoire naturelle du Genre Humain avec figures
- Publication year oldest item
- Illustrated Edition
- Original language
- Paris: F.Dufart, An IX° 
- Binding/ Material
- tipped in plates
- Number of pages
- 209×136 mm