On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. Third edition, with additions and corrections (seventh thousand).
Item ID 72314
London, John Murray, 1861. 8vo (19.9 x 12.5 cm). xix, 538, [ii] pp., double-folded diagram. Publisher's green, pebble-grained and blind stamped cloth. Gilt title and triangular ornaments on the spine. Brown endpapers. A wonderfully preserved, brilliantly fresh copy of the first edition with Darwin's historical sketch of his theory in full form. Generally regarded as the most important edition after the first, which in itself is one of the most important works in the history of humankind. In this edition, Darwin considerably altered and corrected the text. Fore edge uncut. Provenance: Very small armorial bookplate, Tria juncta in uno (motto of the Order of the Bath), on the front pastedown. Scattered light spotting; several light marginalia in an old hand in pencil, including the observation that "battle of life" (p. 84) originates from Seneca's "vivere est militare " , and other scholarly observations. Edmonds & Remnants book label neatly mounted in the lower inner corner of the rear pastedown. In Freeman this is variant b (no point after Murray) of two varieties, neither of which has precedence. Very insignificant wear to spine ends, a few, insignificant spots, tiny cloth imperfection to back panel, overall a really fine copy. Freeman, 381. Fine copy, the first with Darwins full historical sketch