DARWIN, Charles.

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

Or the Preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. Sixth edition, with additions and corrections (thirteenth thousand).

London: John Murray, 1873 Stock Code: 127700
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Sixth edition, fourth issue, marked, like the third issue of 1872, as the "thirteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this sixth edition subsequently featured a new chapter, chapter VII, as well as a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller type... giving the general impression of a cheap edition, which at 7s. 6d, it was". It is also the first edition of The Origin of Species to feature the word "evolution"; the term was first used by Darwin in The Descent of Man, published in 1871. The edition was reprinted unchanged from stereos in 1872 and again, in the present issue, in 1873. The final issue is dated 1876; stereos of which were used for the many which followed from 1878 to 1929.

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Octavo. Original green ribbed-grain cloth, gilt titles to spine, frames and central vignette blocked in blind to covers, brown coated endpapers.


Folding diagram facing p. 93.


With a contemporary Queen's Prize certificate from the Science and Art Department tipped in after half title. Judicious and sympathetic restoration to inner hinges. Minor creasing to spine ends, a touch of wear to very tips, a couple of small blue ink marks to covers, faint speckling to front cover, top edge lightly soiled, light foxing to endmatter; a very good, unusually bright copy.


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