DARWIN, CHARLES.  The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. London: John Murray, 1859.
Lot 81
DARWIN, CHARLES.
The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. London: John Murray, 1859.
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DARWIN, CHARLES.  The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. London: John Murray, 1859.
DARWIN, CHARLES.
DARWIN, CHARLES. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. London: John Murray, 1859.
8vo in 12s. ix, [i], 502, [32, publisher's ads dated June 1859] pp. with 1 folding diagram. Original green blind-stamped cloth. Binding shaken, corners and back edges bumped, some wear and small tears to head and foot of spine, spine slightly soiled, two small stains to lower cover, joints repaired with tape, lacking pp 225-232, p 239 detached but present.
Provenance: Mount Saviour Monastery (bookplate & book stamp); E.A. Miller (contemporary ownership inscription); Leon H Miller (ownership inscription, and gift inscription to him dated 1908 "To Leon, it is picture of the hole of the pit whence he has digged").

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF ONE OF THE 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" (Printing and the Mind of Man 344b). Dibner 199; Freeman 373; Garrison–Morton 220; Horblit 23b; Norman 593.

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  • "THE MOST IMPORTANT BIOLOGICAL BOOK EVER WRITTEN" (Freeman)
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