SIR JULIAN S. HUXLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/10/1972 - HFSID 72755
JULIAN HUXLEY. Autograph Letter signed: "Julian Huxley", 1p, 6x12½. London, United Kingdom, 1972 October 10. On Airmail letter/envelope to Dr. Constantine Generales, Jr., New York, N.Y. In full: "Thank you for your letter. I'm glad you had such an interesting time.
Sale Price $324.00
JULIAN HUXLEY. Autograph Letter signed: "Julian Huxley", 1p, 6x12½. London, United Kingdom, 1972 October 10. On Airmail letter/envelope to Dr. Constantine Generales, Jr., New York, N.Y. In full: "Thank you for your letter. I'm glad you had such an interesting time. We went to Portugal about 20 years ago & enjoyed it very much - especially the part south of the Tajos with Prince John's famous observatory, which was really the place from which Portuguese ships set sail on their remarkable explorations, & where the observations of the ships' captains were kept & analyzed for purposes of better cartography. I fear I know nothing about the importance of the number 40 - one finds it again in the tale of Aladdin & the forty thieves. Possibly it just meant a large number - the largest number up to which rather primitive people could count - fingers & toes twice over. But this is only a guess. Perhaps some authority on the Old Testament (or on early Muslim history) could enlighten you. With best regards to you all. Yours sincerely". Addressed in his hand on verso with a postscript: "Thanks also for the interesting effort." Sir Julian Huxley (1887-1975) was the grandson of scientist and evolution advocate T.H. Huxley ("Darwin's bulldog") and the older brother of author Aldous Huxley (Brave New World). Sir Julian was best known as a biologist and ecologist. His early interests were in development and growth, genetics and embryology. Later he made important studies of bird behavior and of evolution, and wrote many popular scientific books, including Essays of a Biologist, Essays in Popular Science, The Individual in the Animal Kingdom, Religion Without Revelation and The Stream of Life. In his writings and as the first Director-General (1946-1948) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Huxley was actively concerned with the interrelated problems of global poverty, population growth and resource conservation. Lightly creased. Minor tears at top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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