On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

(Item #1004) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Charles Darwin.
"A turning point, not only in the history of science, but in the history of ideas in general." -- PMM
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

London: John Murray, 1859. First edition. First issue with two quotations on the verso of the half-title, species misspelled “speceies” on p. 20, and the whale-bear story in full on p. 184. Octavo: ix, 502, 32 (publisher's advertisements dated June 1859); complete with the folding diagram at p. 117. Original green cloth, covers decorated in blind, gilt spine (Freeman variant b), brown coated endpapers, uncut. Cloth at head and foot of spine expertly reinforced (no new cloth added), hinges tightened, otherwise a lovely copy with internal contents bright and clean. An excellent copy overall.

Published in an edition of 1250 copies and stripped down of the usual academic references, Darwin’s book expounded a theory of evolution markedly superior to anything that had come before. It was aimed at the educated population generally, not just the academic community, and it sparked intense debate and controversy. Darwin attempted to explain the vast array of life on earth from a scientific perspective, showing how selected attributes could form new species given the right circumstances. “In accomplishing this Darwin not only drew an entirely new picture of the workings of organic nature; he 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.” -- PMM

Freeman 373. PMM 344b. Grolier Science 23b. Norman 593.
(Item #1004)

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