Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction?
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999. 296 pages. A philosopher of science explores how science works, using evolution an an example. Most of the chapters are devoted to the ideas of particular evolutionists. ISBN: 9780674467064.
First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to Stephen Jay Gould, the subject of one of the chapters: "For Steve Gould, with respect. Michael Ruse, Guelph, May 1999." Ruse argues that while Gould is the most prominent advocate for evolution, many of his ideas were not highly regarded among fellow evolutionary biologists.
A wonderful association copy; books by Ruse are not commonly found signed. This copy with a tipped in posthumous bookplate indicating the Gould provenance.
Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay "A Seahorse for All Races" Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: "Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book."
We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.