On the Origin of Species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life
Quarto in 12s (7 3/4â€ x 5 7/8â€, 193mm x 124mm): a6 b4 B-Z12 2A6 [$3 (â€œXâ€3 signed on 5th page of quire)]. 280 leaves, pp.
by Darwin, Charles
London: John Murray, 1861. Third edition, with additions and corrections (seventh thousand). Quarto in 12s (7 3/4” x 5 7/8”, 193mm x 124mm): a6 b4 B-Z12 2A6 [$3 (“X”3 signed on 5th page of quire)]. 280 leaves, pp. i-v vi-xix, blank, 1 2-538, . With one folding plate. Hardcover. Near fine. Bound in publisher’s green blind-stamped cloth with gilt spine. Brown end-papers. Upper and fore edges un-trimmed. Presented in a custom green cloth slip-case with chemise. Minor rubbing to the corners and hinges. Head- and tail-piece a little bumped. Slightest cracking to end-papers. Else fine, with clean end-papers and text. Bookseller’s ticket (Librairie de Decq, Liège) to upper edge of verso of first free end-paper. Binder’s ticket (Edmonds & Remnants) to lower edge of rear paste-down. Ownership signature of “Fl. Van Horen” on half-title. The import of the Origin need hardly be stated: it lays out Darwin’s theory of evolution according to natural selection. The third edition (2,000 copies printed in April 1861; Freeman writes that it is “extensively altered”) contains for the first time Darwin’s historical treatment of theories of evolution: An Historical Sketch of the Recent Progress of Opinion on the Origin of Species (xiii-xix). Here Darwin acknowledges the impact of Lamarck, Patrick Matthew and others, right up to 1860, on his thought. As such it is the first edition that situates Darwin in his broader intellectual context.Copies of the Origin are often quite worn, but the present item is in unusually good condition; Van Horen, whoever he was, handled the book very kindly. Freeman2 381, binding variant b; Printing and the Mind of Man 344b. Antiquarian
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