DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. On 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. 1809-1882.
On 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. 1809-1882.
On 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 (197 x 124 mm). ix, [i], 502, [32, publisher's ads dated June, 1859] pp. 1 folding diagram. Original green blind-stamped cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Cloth clamshell box. Occasional marginal pencil emphasis and question marks, tiny hole to s2 (loss of 2 letters), few page corners previously folded, hinges cracked, half-title working loose, some bubbling to spine cloth and light wear to tips.
Provenance: JOHN GWYN JEFFREYS, 1809-1885 (2 bookplates, one inverted); from the collection of Carl Bajema.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL WORKS OF THE 19TH CENTURY. This copy owned by Darwin's exact contemporary, John Gwyn Jeffreys. Jeffreys was a conchologist in charge of several marine expeditions in from the 1850s-1870s. The unobtrusive pencil markings are presumably his.
"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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