DARWIN, Charles.

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,

or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Fourth edition, with additions and corrections. (Eighth Thousand).

London: John Murray, 1866 Stock Code: 121494
£4,250.00

"the most important biological book ever written"

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Fourth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fourth edition of 1866 was of 1,500 copies. It was again extensively altered, and it is in this one that the date of the first edition, as given on the verso of the half title, is corrected from October 1st to November 24th 1859" (ibid.) The 32 pp. of adverts bound at the end of the work are dated October 1866, a variation not noted in Freeman.

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Description

Octavo. Original green pebble-grain cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, covers blocked in blind, black coated endpapers, Freeman's variant b (no priority).

Illustrations

Folding diagram at p. 130.

Condition

Contemporary ownership inscription to head of title page. Spine gently rolled, slight bumps and wear to extremities, light soiling to covers, corresponding marks to endpapers, top edge dust toned, front inner hinge cracked but holding; a very good copy.

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