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 in 12s. ix, [i], 502, + 32 pp publisher's ads dated June, 1859. 1 folding diagram. Later blue-green half morocco by Bayntun, top edge gilt. Few light spots at ends, some unevenly opened edges, repaired marginal tear to o2, few leaves dog-eared.
Provenance: Darwin Census No. 10035 (laid in slip).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL WORKS OF THE 19TH 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; GarrisonMorton 220; Horblit 23b; Norman 593.