EVANS, Hert M. and Olive SWEZY. The Chromosomes in Man. Sex and Somatic.

Berkeley: University of California Press. 1929.


4to. Original blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine; pp. 65 including 11 plates, text illustrations; spine a little dulled, very clean, very good. Provenance: front pastedown with bookplate of Sir Alan Sterling Parkes (1900-1990), one of the most influential figures in reprodcutive biology. It was Parkes who pioneered the freezing of bull semen, thus pioneering the worldwide artificial insemination of cattle and inventing cryobiology. He then turned his interest to the biology of pheromones and the physiology of mammal reproduction. With 'National Institute of Medical Research, London, 1932' in Parkes's hand to ffep. Parkes had a long and fruitful career at the NIMR.

First edition. An early work on the structure and arrangement of human chromosomes, fundamentally hampered by the author's mistaken counting of the number of chromosomes - 48, not 46.

First edition.