DARWIN (CHARLES) The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. 1859
Lot 46
DARWIN (CHARLES) The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. 1859
Sold for £45,650 (US$ 74,541) inc. premium

Lot Details
DARWIN (CHARLES)
The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, first edition, half-title, folding lithographed table, 32 pages of advertisements (dated June, 1859) at end, title and 2 leaves of contents loose, title chipped at fore-margin, inscription "Bought Jan. 21st 1862 from his library by Dr. Fowler" on front free endpaper, blindstamps on title and final leaf of advertisements, library booklabel, bookseller's printed note on rear paste-down, publisher's green cloth gilt, slightly dulled, corners bumped, extremities of spine frayed [Freeman 373; Garrison-Morton 220], 8vo, John Murray, 1859

Footnotes

  • FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL WORKS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. "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). See illustration overleaf.

Saleroom notices

  • small portion at fore-edge of title detached (but present).
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