DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882.
The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. London: John Murray, 1868.
2 volumes. 8vo. Engraved illustrations. Original cloth, unopened. Spotting to titles, flyleaves with ownership stamps.
FIRST EDITION, first issue. This work "intended to provide overwhelming evidence for the ubiquity of variation" and refuted the idea "that variations had not occurred purely by chance but were providentially directed" (ODNB). It also included the first appearance of the phrase "survival of the fittest."