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The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
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DARWIN, Charles.

The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.

In two volumes. With illustrations.

Published: London: John Murray, 1868

Stock code: 106850

Price: £4,500

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First edition, first issue, one of 1,500 copies printed; scarce in the original cloth. The term “survival of the fittest” (borrowed at Wallace’s insistence from Herbert Spencer’s 1866 Principles of Biology) was first used by Darwin in the first edition of this work, preceding its first use in the fifth edition of the Origin of Species (1869). Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication was a full statement of the facts on which the theories of the Origin of Species were based, though leaving aside an account of human evolution for The Descent of Man (1871).

2 volumes, demy octavo. Original green cloth, blind-panelled covers, titles to spines gilt, dark green-coated endpapers. 43 woodcuts to the text. 32 pages of publisher’s advertisements dated April 1867 to rear of vol. I; 1 page dated February 1868 to vol. II. Binder’s ticket of Edmonds & Remnants to rear pastedown of vol. I, contemporary ownership inscription to title-pages. Extremities gently bumped, light spotting to prelims and end-matter as usual, the occasional small spill-burn to no loss; vol. I with plate removed from front free endpaper, small chip to fore edge of title-page and short closed tear to fore edge of C3 to no loss, hinge slightly tender between gatherings T and U in vol. II. An excellent copy, the cloth clean and fresh, gilt titles to spine notably bright, and internally crisp in both volumes.

Bibliography: Freeman 877

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