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Darwin (Charles) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, first edition, [one of 1,250 copies], half-title, folding plate with splitting to lower half of second fold, 25pp advertisements (Freeman's variant 3) only (of 32pp.), some light corner creasing, pencil note to half-title and facing page, W.H. Smith & Son blind-stamp to front free endpaper, lacking rear endpaper, upper hinge cracked with the text block shifted down but holding, original blind-stamped cloth (Freeman's variant b) with Edmonds & Remnants binders label on the rear paste-down, spine decorated and lettered in gilt, slight shelf-lean, spine slightly darkened, spine end and corners a little bumped, small patch of soiling and very small portion of cockling to upper cover, [Freeman 373; GM 220; PMM 344b], 8vo, John Murray, 1859.

A very good, unrestored copy in the original cloth of "The most important biological book ever written." - Freeman.

Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection, first set out in detail in the present work, is virtually unmatched in its influence on 20th century thought. "A turning point, not only in the history of science, but in the history of ideas in general" - DSB.

Provenance: the Stirlings of Keir.

Lot 9

Darwin (Charles) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, first edition, one of 1,250 copies, John Murray, 1859

Hammer Price: £50,000

Description

Darwin (Charles) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, first edition, [one of 1,250 copies], half-title, folding plate with splitting to lower half of second fold, 25pp advertisements (Freeman's variant 3) only (of 32pp.), some light corner creasing, pencil note to half-title and facing page, W.H. Smith & Son blind-stamp to front free endpaper, lacking rear endpaper, upper hinge cracked with the text block shifted down but holding, original blind-stamped cloth (Freeman's variant b) with Edmonds & Remnants binders label on the rear paste-down, spine decorated and lettered in gilt, slight shelf-lean, spine slightly darkened, spine end and corners a little bumped, small patch of soiling and very small portion of cockling to upper cover, [Freeman 373; GM 220; PMM 344b], 8vo, John Murray, 1859.

A very good, unrestored copy in the original cloth of "The most important biological book ever written." - Freeman.

Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection, first set out in detail in the present work, is virtually unmatched in its influence on 20th century thought. "A turning point, not only in the history of science, but in the history of ideas in general" - DSB.

Provenance: the Stirlings of Keir.

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