On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was published on November 24, 1859. The book's full title is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. This book is a seminal work in scientific literature and a landmark work in evolutionary biology. Darwin's book contains a wealth of evidence that the diversity of life arose through a branching pattern of evolution and common descent - evidence which he had accumulated on the voyage of the Beagle in the ...
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was published on November 24, 1859. The book's full title is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. This book is a seminal work in scientific literature and a landmark work in evolutionary biology. Darwin's book contains a wealth of evidence that the diversity of life arose through a branching pattern of evolution and common descent - evidence which he had accumulated on the voyage of the Beagle in the 1830s and expanded through research, correspondence, and experiments after his return.
Landacre, Paul (wood carvings) Fine in Slipcase Near Fine jacket. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall. 470pp. incl. index; HB quarter-bound; lt. tan &blk. w/gilt&green; fine condition w/clean, tight pgs. Slipcase green w/white&green label; some sun on edges. with a new preface by Charles Darwin. illus. #1046 of1500. signed by Landacre.
Good. No Jacket. Book No jacket. "This volume is the first reprint of the First Edition, the only changes being puctuation". Green cloth covers with gilt titles to spine. Some marks to rear cover. Slight bumping. 426pp.
VG+/NONE. New edition, from the sixth English edition, with additions and corrections. Brick brown/black decorative embossed cloth, with brightgilt lettered spine. Some minor corner/edge wear, mainly to the center of the spine head tip where outer cloth was uniformly chipped 1/8" deep x 7/8" wide down to inner cloth. Not overly obtrusive, otherwise a nice, overall bright copy. Interior is clean, with a touch of soil on fep. Prev owners name/date on flyleaf.; 458 pages.
Good, No Dust Jacket. 8VO, 440+ pgs., foldout, Hardcover. Hardcover: Tan cloth binding is tired and worn. Title on spine in gold is barely legible. Boards are bowed, soiled and stained. Cloth is lifting. Corners are rubbed. Previous owners name on inside pastedown. Pastedown is bubbling in spots. Endpapers are soiled. Rear endpapers are water marked. Text pages are foxed but very readable. 1864 edition. Nice tight binding. Not the prettiest to look at but all of the information is there.
Good + Hard Cover. Good+. A new edition revised and augmented by the author. 2nd American edition. It was held previously by a small religious college and has it's bookplate on the FFEP and 2 pages further in. In addition it has the bookplate of the minister previous owner on the front pastedown. The rear pastedown shows a glue stain where the library pocket was. The library card shows no names, indicating it was never checked-out. Hinge starting. Pages are firmly attached. There is a small mark under Dar of Darwin on the title page. There is no other writing or tears. Three fourths of the cloth on the spine is only holding on one side, easily repairable. A tiny strip is missing on the bottom. The fold out is present and in good condition save some foxing.
Fine. No Dust Jacket as Issued. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Exceptionally clean and bright in sound original brown cloth binding. Fine internally and externally. Neat, subtle archival repair to tiny wear spot to cloth at bottom of spine and on top corner tip of front cover. Neat archival repair to closed edge tear to margin of page 144. 447 pages plus 8 pages of ads in rear.
Good. xi, , -440 pages + 2 page advertisement. Folding diagram. Bound in publisher's purple cloth. Hardcover. Fading to spine and boards. Gilt to spine faded. Good binding and cover. Foxing throughout. Foxing to page ends. "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" (Printing in the Mind of Man 344, citing 1859 printing).
G. Fifth thousand. 8vo. original green blindstamped cloth gilt (boards rubbed, marked and a little bumped, slight splitting to cloth along hinges and small wear at extremities, prev. owner's name to p.1, some marks and spots, occ. fray to paper edges, lacks title page, else internally clean & complete); pp. viii (of x), 502, 32 [pubs. cat. dated January 1860), with a folding diagram. An otherwise good copy in original cloth. The absence of a title page makes this an affordable starter copy or a project for a book restorer, and is priced as such.
I tried readiing this book over 30 years ago and failed. I recently watched a documentary of Darwin's life and my curiosity was aroused again. I chose the first of the six editions. I am part way through and am impressed by the breadth of Darwin's thinking. I am in the process of writing a novel and there are themes in Origin of the Species that inform. Close members of a species being the toughest competitors like siblings in a family. I will make it to the end, but it will take me some time.
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