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 122 mm). Half-title verso with quotations from W. Whewell and Bacon only, folding lithographic diagram by William West after Darwin at p 116, with the 32-page publisher's catalog, dated June 1859, bound in at the end. Some light spotting to early and later leaves. Publisher's blind-stamped green cloth, spine gilt, by Edmonds and Remnants, with their ticket on the lower paste-down, fawn colored end-papers. The volume slightly shaken with use, light wear to joints and head and foot of spine, front inner hinge split, with front end-paper almost detached, crack appearing along lower inner hinge.
Provenance: William Tothill of Stoke Bishop [Bristol, UK] (late 19th-century penciled signature at upper right of front free end-paper, and child-like signature on verso of the same leaf); by descent to the present owner.

"A TURNING POINT, NOT ONLY IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE, BUT IN THE HISTORY OF IDEAS IN GENERAL" (DSB).

FIRST EDITION of the "most important single work in science" (Dibner). "The publication of the Origin of Species ushered in a new era in our thinking about the nature of man. The intellectual revolution it caused and the impact it had on man's concept of himself and the world were greater than those caused by the works of Copernicus, Newton, and the great physicists of more recent times ... Every modern discussion of man's future, the population explosion, the struggle for existence, the purpose of man and the universe, and man's place in nature rests on Darwin" (Ernst Mayr, Introduction to the Harvard University Facsimile Edition, Cambridge, 1964). Dibner Heralds of Science 199; Freeman 373 (binding variant "b," no priority); Garrison-Morton 220; Grolier Science 23b; Norman 593; Printing and the Mind of Man, 344b.
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