DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray, 1859.

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DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882.
On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray, 1859.

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DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882.
On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray, 1859.
8vo (198 x 125 mm). Half-title verso with quotations from W. Whewell and Bacon only, folding lithographic diagram by William West after Darwin, 32-page publisher's catalogue at rear dated June 1859. Publisher's blind-stamped green cloth, spine gilt, brown coated endpapers, by Edmonds & Remnants with their ticket on the lower pastedown; modern cloth chemise and slipcase. Some spotting to title and early leaves, abrasion with small loss to front pastedown, rehinged.
Provenance: Thomas Cope, Huyton (bookplate); George Taylor (ownership signature); Alexander Glass (ownership signature, dated 4-15-62).

FIRST EDITION, OF "THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE WORK IN SCIENCE" (DIBNER). 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 344b). Thomas Cope (1827-1884) was a prosperous manufacturer of cigars and tobacco products in Liverpool in the mid-19th century. He was the first person in England to hire women to make cigars, and was the speaker of the Liverpool Parliamentary debating society. Dibner Heralds 199; Freeman 373 (binding variant b, advertisements variant 2, no priority); Garrison-Morton 220; Grolier Science 23b; Norman 593; PMM 344b;

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  • Re-cased, spine with slight ripple and horizontal tear with expert repair, pp. v-viii misbound after p.24.
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DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray, 1859.
DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray, 1859.
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