DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. London: John Murray, 1868.

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DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882.
The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. London: John Murray, 1868.

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DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882.
The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. London: John Murray, 1868.
2 volumes. 8vo (220 x 135 mm). viii, 411, [1] + 32 ad; viii, 486, [2 ad] pp. Ads dated April, 1867. Illustrated. Original green cloth, blind-stamped, spines gilt-lettered. Hinges cracked and showing, text blocks cracked in a few places, small tear from f.f.e. of vol 2, dampstain and some wrinkling to covers.

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." Freeman 877; Garrison-Morton 224.1; Norman 597.
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