On the Origin of Species

Darwin (Charles Robert)

On the Origin of Species

by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

Description: with a folding diagram facing p. 117, occasional minor spotting, one or two pages with minor fraying, or minimal dust stain at fore-edge, pp. ix, [i], 502, 32 (ads dated January 1860), 8vo, original cloth (Freeman's variant a), minor wear to extremities, but still a good copy, with the ownership inscription of W.B. Dawkins, Weston Zoyland Vicarage (see below), and tipped in between the title-page and the first page of Contents, an ?off-printed extract from John Fiske's Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy, with the drop-head title of 'Darwinism Analyzed', this foxed and sometime folded, as if sent in a letter

Publication Details: John Murray, 1860

Notes: Second edition, second issue ('Fifth Thousand' and 1860 on title-page: a very few copies are known with 1859).'The most important book of science ever written. Indeed, given its importance to all of humanity and the rest of life, it it the most important book in any category. No work of science has ever been so fully vindicated by subsequent investigation, or has so profoundly altered humanity's view of itself and how the living world works. The theory of natural selection continues to gain relevance to the things that matter most to humanity - from our own origins and behaviour to every detai...more

Bibliography: (Freeman 376; for the first edition see Dibner 199; Garrison–Morton 220; Horblit 23b; Norman 593; PMM 344b, &c)

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Price: £11,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1860

Stock Number: 62691

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