The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, 2002. 1433 pages. A synthesis of three decades of study and writing about evolutionary theory. Gould, ever the historian of science, traces the development of evolution in order to make his case that biologists put too much emphasis on the "design" embodied in natural selection and too little on random chance.
Gould, fighting cancer for a second time, pushed to finish this book, and it seems likely that it would have been shorter if he had had more time. The book is written for a general audience, providing Gould's unequaled clear explanations of complex theories while pushing the boundaries of contemporary science on the strength of his ideas. This book is one of Gould's most widely cited works.
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory was published two months before Gould died, on May 20, 2002. ISBN: 9780674006133.
First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A large, heavy book.
This is one of two of Gould's personal copies, from his Harvard office library, with a tipped in posthumous bookplate indicating the 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.