DARWIN (CHARLES) The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, FIRST EDITION, 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, FIRST EDITION, John Murray, 1859

Sold for £ 105,000 (US$ 132,762) inc. premium
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 (loose), 32 pages of advertisements (dated June, 1859) at end, one gathering slightly loosened, 5 passages marked with pencil in margin, publisher's green decorative cloth, spine lettered in gilt with ornaments, upper cover dampstained affecting foot of spine [Freeman 373; Garrison-Morton 220; PMM 344(b)], 8vo, John Murray, 1859

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  • FIRST EDITION OF "CERTAINLY THE MOST IMPORTANT BIOLOGICAL BOOK EVERY WRITTEN" (Freeman), and one of the most 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).

    Provenance: Charles H. Gatty, ink inscription on title dated 1 December 1859, repeated on front free endpaper. Charles Gatty (1836-1903) was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge where he "devoted much of his attention to natural science, especially zoology and geology" (Felbridge & District History Group, online), and was elected a Fellow of both the Linnean Society, and the Royal Geographical Society. "One area of interest that he cultivated was the observation of marine life, possibly influenced by his close association with his half-second cousin, Margaret Scott Gatty, an algologist who published a book called British Seaweed in 1863" (Ibid). In the 1890s he funded the establishment of the Gatty Marine Laboratory at St. Andrews. His cousin Margaret's Parables from Nature was intended to "challenge the arrogance and materialism she saw in Darwinian evolutionary theory, and to appeal to her readers to trust in religious faith and continue to embrace traditional constructions of nature as evidence of God" (Ruth Murphy, "Darwin and 1860s Children's Literature", Journal of Literature and Science, vol. 5, no. 2, 2012); J.W. Sprigge, bookplate inside upper cover.
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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, FIRST EDITION, John Murray, 1859
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