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DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

The origin of species (1878)

$950.00 AUD

by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. London : John Murray, 1878. Sixth edition, with additions and corrections to 1872 (twentieth thousand). Octavo, original publisher’s gilt-lettered green cloth (corners and edges a little rubbed, slightly bruised at head of spine) original endpapers (hinges slightly cracked), binder’s ticket of W. Bone & Son on rear pastedown; pp xxii, [blank], 458, folding lithographed plate, occasional light foxing. A very good copy.

A very good copy of the sixth edition of one of the most important texts in the history of science. The first edition of 1859, a great rarity, is described in Freeman as “… the most important biological work ever written.”; Dibner, “… the most important single work in science.”; Printing & the Mind of Man, “… revolutionized our methods of thinking and our outlook on the natural order of things. The recognition that constant change is the order of the universe had been finally established and a vast step forward in the uniformity of nature had been taken.”

The seventh issue of the sixth edition, printed from stereos of the eleventh thousand, and the second issue of the final definitive text, Darwin having made some very minor corrections to the eighteenth thousand (see Freeman). This Sixth edition, the last to be fully revised by Darwin and quite extensively re-written, includes a new chapter in refutation of objections to his theory, especially those of St. George Mivart, the Roman Catholic biologist. The Sixth was also the first edition to drop the word ‘ON’ from the title and the first edition of the ‘Origin’ to use the word ‘evolution’. The Glossary was compiled by W. S. Dallas at Darwin’s request.

It is considered the definitive text for what many consider to be the most significant scientific book ever published.

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