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On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

by Darwin, Charles

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  • Catalogue No : 35087
  • Published : 1861
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : xix, 538, (2)
  • Collection : Ken Smith
  • Publisher : John Murray
  • Published In : London
  • Illustrations : folding diagram facing p. 123


Third edition, with additions and corrections. (Seventh thousand). Published in April 1861 in an edition of 2,000 copies. This edition was extensively altered, and includes a table of differences between it and the second edition. The third edition is also notable for the addition of the historical sketch, written to satisfy complaints that Darwin had not sufficiently considered his predecessors in the general theory of evolution. This sketch had previously appeared in a shorter form in the first German edition, as well as the fourth American printing (as a 'Preface'), both in 1860. Single integral leaf (2A6) of advisement at rear.

Freeman, 381.


8vo in 12s, orig. publisher’s green cloth, gilt title and decoration to spine, blind stamped design to boards. Some minor rubbing to extremities, slight bumps to corners of boards. Binding slightly strained and tender between several gatherings. Short marginal tear to inner edge of page 121/122; very small stain to upper edge of several preliminary leaves. Original owner's signature to endpaper. Unusually, the original green silk bookmark is still present. A very good copy.

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