DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)
The origin of species
by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.New York : D. Appleton & Company, 1889. With additions and corrections from Sixth and last English edition. Two volumes, octavo, original publisher’s gilt-lettered brown cloth (edges rubbed) original endpapers (with ex libris bookplates), pp xxvi, 365, (4 – publisher’s catalogue), v; [blank]; 339; (2 – publisher’s catalogue), short tear and crease to the margin of a few pages in the second volume, a couple of pages with neat underlining, a very good set.
A very good copy of the American issue of the sixth edition of one of the most important texts in the history of science. The first edition, 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.”