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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. LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, 1860
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
2
Darwin, Charles
ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION, OR THE PRESERVATION OF FAVOURED RACES IN THE STRUGGLE FOR LIFE. LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, 1860
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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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. LONDON: JOHN MURRAY, 1860
8vo (197 x 120mm.), SECOND EDITION, second issue (with "fifth thousand" on title page), half-title, folding diagram, 32pp. publisher's adverts dated January 1860 at end, original green cloth (variant a) stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, collector's folding green cloth box, very occasional spotting and browning
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Literature

Freeman 376

Catalogue Note

After the entire run of the first edition sold out on the first day of publication, Murray asked Darwin to start revising The Origin at once. By the end of the year, a second edition had been printed bearing the date 1859 on the title page, although these now remain a legendary rarity; as here, it is the second issue of this second edition which is more often seen. Published in early January 1860, the run of 3,000 copies was the largest printing of any of Darwin's works in his lifetime. The work is now considered "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman).

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