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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 (twelfth thousand).

London, John Murray, 1872 Stock Code: 139480

The last lifetime edition

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Sixth edition, second issue, printed simultaneously with the first issue, which is marked as the "eleventh thousand" on the title page. Freeman notes that the second issue is "notably less common". The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and 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. This edition was subsequently reprinted unchanged from stereos in 1872 and again in 1873. The final issue is dated 1876; stereos of this issue were used for the very many issues which followed, from 1878 to 1929, continuing to include the summary of differences and the historical sketch.

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Octavo (191 x 131 mm). Late 19th century full calf, titles to spine in gilt, green label, five raised bands tooled in gilt, each compartment richly decorated in gilt, two-line gilt border with corner rosettes, blind scrolling foliate roll turn-ins, marbled edges and endpapers.


Folding diagram facing page 91.


Bookplate to front pastedown. Spine very lightly toned but binding square and firm, ends lightly scuffed with a little wear to extremities, covers clean, very minor crease to folding diagram, internally clean and fresh; a very good copy.


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