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On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Fifth Edition, Tenth thousand.

Charles Darwin
John Murray, London
Format: Hardcover original cloth binding.
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Condition: Very Good for its age.

Price: $1450.00 (inc GST)


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The Fifth and rarest of all early editions of “the most influential scientific work of the nineteenth century”. (Freeman 387).

This edition sees the first use by Darwin of Herbert Spencer's phrase 'survival of the fittest', appearing in the heading of Chapter IV. Its publication aroused world-wide criticism and controversy, both religious and scientific.

Without the publisher's adverts in this copy as issued. With binder's ticket to rear pastedown. (Edmonds & Remnants).

Variant “d”with three gilt rules top and bottom.

The uncut pages ix – xvi have been roughly opened resulting in edge tears to these pages. Minor cracking to front hinge. Various acceptable signs of age, incl mottling to cloth may be viewed in detailed images on request. pp. xxiii, 596

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