# 41897

DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

The origin of species (1902)

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by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. With portrait. London : John Murray, 1902. Octavo, original publisher’s gilt-lettered green cloth (light corner wear, lightly bruised at head and foot of spine) original endpapers (lightly foxed); pp xxxii, 703, folding diagram. 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.”

As with the three preceding issues, printed in larger type and on slightly larger paper than the preceding editions, taken from the setting for the two-volume ‘Library Edition’ of 1888 (repaginated, with minor adjustment at the end of Volume I in that edition, and with the Contents at start, and Index at end reset), but printed on thinner paper. This is the fourth issue of the ‘Popular Impression’ first issued in November 1900, and so identified on Page [vi].

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

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