Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1782) Sketches of the History of Man. Edinburgh: for W. Creech; [and] London: for Strahan & Cadell, 1774. First edition, two large quarto volumes, half-titles present in both volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, bindings worn, headcaps chipped, lacking one label, 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.
I: [a]2, b4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, 3A-3T4; II: [a]2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, 3A-3R4, 3S2.
Lord Kames's influential work told the story of human civilization in four chapters of development from hunter-gathering, herding, agriculture, and finally the rise of sea and market towns. Sketches of the History of Man was inspired by the author's observations of his native Scotland and provided foundational structure for the modern study of anthropology and sociology for the following two hundred years. Unfortunately, Lord Kames also supported polygenesis, a belief that racial differences originated in creation and were not the consequence of later natural variations. Kames believed that multiple biblical Adams and Eves populated the ancient earth, created at the same time in different places with different ethnicities.
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