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Duncan, David 1839-1923

Overview
Works: 33 works in 177 publications in 2 languages and 1,265 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Records and correspondence  Controversial literature  Sources 
Roles: Author, Adapter
Classifications: B1656,
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Most widely held works by David Duncan
Life and letters of Herbert Spencer by David Duncan( Book )

40 editions published between 1908 and 2014 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A word or two seems necessary by way of explanation of the publication of a biography of Mr. Herbert Spencer, within a few years of the publication of his voluminous Autobiography. Twenty-eight years ago, while I was at home on furlough, Mr. Spencer obtained from me a promise to write his Life. In subsequent years, partly owing to his fears that his own life might not be prolonged, and partly because he thought that my absence in India would render it difficult, if not impossible, for me to fulfil my promise, he made other arrangements. These other arrangements, however, fell through. Hence the question, in a letter to me, dated 10 May, 1893: "Does the assent which you gave years ago still hold, and is it likely to hold?" On receiving an affirmative answer, Mr. Spencer had the following paragraph inserted in his Will:--"I request that the said David Duncan will write a Biography in one volume of moderate size, in which shall be incorporated such biographical materials as I have thought it best not to use myself, together with such selected correspondence and such unpublished papers as may seem of value, and shall include the frontispiece portrait and the profile portraits, and shall add to it a brief account of the part of my life which has passed since the date at which the Autobiography concludes." The existence of the Autobiography, which covers sixty-two years of Mr. Spencer's life, has added to the difficulties of my task. The road traversed by him has had to be traversed by me; but I have endeavoured to avoid needless repetition, while omitting nothing that has seemed necessary to form a continuous and complete narrative. Of the remaining twenty-one years, the volume now published constitutes the only authoritative record. To avoid multiplication of references, a note has been inserted at the beginning of each chapter--from chapter i. to chapter xvi.--to show the corresponding chapters in the Autobiography. I have not aimed at giving an exposition or criticism of the philosophy of Evolution. Even had such an aim been in accordance with Mr. Spencer's wishes, it would have been impossible, within the prescribed limits, to do justice either to the Life or to the Philosophy, had the attainment of both ends been attempted"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Descriptive sociology; or, Groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

24 editions published between 1873 and 1874 in English and Undetermined and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arctic regions, voyage to Davis' Strait by David Duncan( Book )

8 editions published between 1827 and 1986 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptive sociology or, Groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

11 editions published between 1873 and 1925 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African races (Pygmies, Bantu, equatorial hybrid tribes, Sudanic peoples, Nilotics, Nilo-Hamitics, Fulani, Khoisan) by Emil Torday( Book )

4 editions published in 1930 in English and Undetermined and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herbert Spencer, collected writings by Herbert Spencer( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life and letters of Herbert Spencer, Vol. 2 by David Duncan( )

12 editions published between 1908 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A word or two seems necessary by way of explanation of the publication of a biography of Mr. Herbert Spencer, within a few years of the publication of his voluminous Autobiography. Twenty-eight years ago, while I was at home on furlough, Mr. Spencer obtained from me a promise to write his Life. In subsequent years, partly owing to his fears that his own life might not be prolonged, and partly because he thought that my absence in India would render it difficult, if not impossible, for me to fulfil my promise, he made other arrangements. These other arrangements, however, fell through. Hence the question, in a letter to me, dated 10 May, 1893: "Does the assent which you gave years ago still hold, and is it likely to hold?" On receiving an affirmative answer, Mr. Spencer had the following paragraph inserted in his Will:--"I request that the said David Duncan will write a Biography in one volume of moderate size, in which shall be incorporated such biographical materials as I have thought it best not to use myself, together with such selected correspondence and such unpublished papers as may seem of value, and shall include the frontispiece portrait and the profile portraits, and shall add to it a brief account of the part of my life which has passed since the date at which the Autobiography concludes." The existence of the Autobiography, which covers sixty-two years of Mr. Spencer's life, has added to the difficulties of my task. The road traversed by him has had to be traversed by me; but I have endeavoured to avoid needless repetition, while omitting nothing that has seemed necessary to form a continuous and complete narrative. Of the remaining twenty-one years, the volume now published constitutes the only authoritative record. To avoid multiplication of references, a note has been inserted at the beginning of each chapter--from chapter i. to chapter xvi.--to show the corresponding chapters in the Autobiography. I have not aimed at giving an exposition or criticism of the philosophy of Evolution. Even had such an aim been in accordance with Mr. Spencer's wishes, it would have been impossible, within the prescribed limits, to do justice either to the Life or to the Philosophy, had the attainment of both ends been attempted"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Descriptive sociology or groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

7 editions published between 1874 and 1934 in English and German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptive sociology or groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

5 editions published between 1874 and 1933 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Types of lowest races, Negritto races, and Malayo-Polynesian races by David Duncan( Book )

4 editions published between 1874 and 1925 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptive sociology or, Groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

5 editions published between 1876 and 1882 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptive sociology or groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

5 editions published between 1875 and 1882 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can an outward revelation be perfect? : Reflections upon the claim of Biblical infallibility by David Duncan( Book )

2 editions published between 1863 and 1871 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptive sociology or groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

5 editions published between 1875 and 1940 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

African races by David Duncan( Book )

7 editions published between 1875 and 1885 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An autobiography by Herbert Spencer( Book )

1 edition published in 1904 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American races by Herbert Spencer( Book )

2 editions published between 1875 and 1878 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptive sociology or, Groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

3 editions published between 1873 and 1875 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National life : a lecture read at the Manchester Friends' Institute on the 22nd of fourth month, 1870 by David Duncan( Book )

2 editions published in 1870 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptive sociology or groups of sociological facts by Herbert Spencer( Book )

1 edition published in 1881 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Life and letters of Herbert Spencer
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