Lot 272
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Darwin, Charles

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  • Darwin, Charles
  • On the Origin of Species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. John Murray, 1866
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Printed Book
8vo, fourth edition ("eighth thousand"), FROM THE LIBRARY OF CHARLES KINGSLEY, presentation copy from the author ("From the author" in clerk's hand on verso of front free endpaper), half-title, folding lithographed plate, OCCASIONAL MARGINAL ANNOTATIONS BY KINGSLEY, printed extracts from Kingsley and Darwin's correspondence laid down to final pages, original green blind-stamped cloth (Freeman's binding variant b) with binder's label of Edmonds & Remnants on lower fixed endpaper, occasional light spotting, some gatherings or leaves loose but present, recased preserving original spine, lower hinge splitting


Charles Kingsley, bookplate


Freeman 385; Grolier Club, Darwin (2004), p. 21

Catalogue Note

Before publication Darwin sent copies of On the Origin of Species to a number of selected recipients whose views might influence a favourable reception. Charles Kingsley was one such recipient and, despite his religious background, he wrote to Darwin in the most effusive manner: "All I have seen of it awes me; both with the heap of facts and the prestige of your name, and also with the clear intuition, that if you be right, I must give up much that I have believed and written. In that I care little. Let God be true, and every man a liar! Let us know what is..."