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Human Beginnings by Olivia Vlahos Illustrated by Kyuzo Tsugami. Hardcover (1966, Viking Press) 256 pages.

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DESCRIPTION: Hardcover w/Dustjacket: 256 pages. Publisher: Viking Press; (1966). An introduction to physical and cultural anthropology. Chapters/subject material includes: 1) Climbing our Family Tree; 2) Man Among the Primates; 3) Man Among the Mammals; 4) Man Among the Vertebrates; 5) Man Among Man; 6) Man in Time; 7) Tools, Weapons, Fire; 8) The Human Family; 9) Language; 10) Clothing and Shelter; 11) Religion; 12) Domesticating Plants and Animals; 13) Metals Replace Rocks; 14) Writing; 15) Civilization.

CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Seeming unread, but cosmetically showing its age. Inside the book's pages are clean, crisp, tightly bound, unmarked, unmutilated, seemingly unread (flipped through a few times of course, but no evidence of it actually having been read cover-to-cover). If it has been read, it's been read with an exceedingly light guess is that it's been flipped through a few times , but never actually read. There is a very small brown tape stain however to the front end paper (the first unprinted, blank page within the book). Perhaps originally someone had taped a newspaper clipping or publisher's note to the endpaper. There are also a few faint, tiny tan-colored age speckles (known as "foxing") visible on the front end paper (but not elsewhere within the book). There's also a very light three inch tea/coffee "splash" mark to the fore-edge surface of the closed page edges...however there is no damage to the inside of the book, and no damp wrinkle, no stain visible to the individual page edges, etc. It's merely a light stain to the closed page edges, not visible on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges. The full cloth covers are very clean and evidence on the very mildest edge and corner shelf-wear. The dustjacket does evidence a fair amount of edge and corner wear, principally in the form of some chipping to the spine head. There's only one large chip to the dustjacket, a piece measuring about 1/2 * 1/2 inch missing from the spine head. otherwise the edge and corner shelfwear by and large consists of a few tiny chips, rubbing, etc., to the upper open corners, edges, and spine head area. There's also a few numerals written in blue ink on the back inside flap of the dustjacket, and the corners of the inside front flap are price-clipped (the corners cut away so as to remove the publishers list price - typically done if the book was given as a gift). Given the fact the book is 50 years old, the dustjacket wear is relatively minor, not prominent, or glaring, overall the dustjacket remains presentable and in pretty good overall condition. We've enclosed the dustjacket in a new mylar covering so as to preclude any further wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #614.1a.




REVIEW: The two parts of this fascinating book discuss evolution and it's time scale, and the growth of culture with the development of tools and artifacts. Olivia Vlahos, took her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, taught anthropology at Norwalk College in Connecticut, and also authored “New World Beginnings” and “African REVIEWS:

REVIEW: Written with what must be called unerring informality and charm, this living and serious account of physical and cultural anthropology divides into two distinct parts. In the first part evolution and its time scale are outlined in a clear and brief way, ending with a more extensive account of the past million years. The second part is a similarly attractive summary telling about the growth of culture from its beginnings with tools, fire, and kinship up to the invention of writing and the rise of cities. A book that will be cherished for many years.

REVIEW: Remarkably this book contains the very latest findings from paleontology, physical anthropology, prehistory, and cultural anthropology. The author provides an excellent summary of present scientific understanding of the evolution of man and the origin and the development of human culture. The application of cultural anthropological findings to illuminate early hominid behavior surpasses that of most scientists in its ingenuity and Scholarliness and a poetic style combine to create a rare and wonderful book about the biological and cultural history of early man. A rich tapestry on man’s evolution.


REVIEW: An excellent introduction to physical and cultural anthropology well suited for someone who is “just beginning” to study the history of ancient man. Would make a good primer for a high school or junior college student – yet certainly informative enough and detailed for the adult reader who wishes to satiate a hunger for increased knowledge in the area of humankind’s history. Extremely lucid and easy to read, this is a real classic.

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