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ORIGIN OF SPECIES BY MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION - Darwin Charles - 1892. [1199277]
London: John Murray, 1892. Sixth edition, with additions and corrections. With a folding diagram. 8vo, publisher’s original dark green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and in blind on the upper and lower covers. xxi, 432. Includes glossary and index. A very clean and well-preserved copy with only a bit of age or mellowing, hinges strong, corners all good, the cloth bright and the gilt in very nice condition. Unusual thus. THE GREATEST WORK IN SCIENCE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY AND THE MOST IMPORTANT BIOLOGICAL WORK EVER PENNED. An important early edition of "the most influential scientific work of the nineteenth century" and "the most important biological work ever written" (Horblit, Freeman). Darwin's elaboration of the theory of natural selection laid the groundwork for the controversy over the evolution of man, and with only slight modification by such scientists as Stephen Jay Gould, Darwin's ideas remain the umbra under which most current biological research is conducted. The repercussions of Darwin’s theory on religious, scientific, sociological and philosophical thought was the result of what Garrison considered “the most wonderful piece of sythesis in the history of science.” Darwin brought man to his true place in nature and accomplished a revolution. Darwin had intended the book to be an abstract of his 'big book' on transmutation, of which only the first part (VARIATION UNDER DOMESTICATION, 1868) was published in his lifetime. The first edition of “Origin” had a print run of only 1250 copies and was sold out in a day. This is a printing of the sixth edition. The sixth is generally considered to be the “last” edition and it first appeared in 1872. It included a new chapter, VII, which was inserted to confute the views of the Roman Catholic biologist St George Mivart. A glossary appears for the first time, and it was in this edition that the word "evolution" appeared for the first time in the work (it was used in the first edition of THE DESCENT OF MAN in the previous year). As Freeman says, "'Evolved' had been the last word of the text in all previous editions, but 'evolution' had been omitted, perhaps to avoid confusion with the use of the word by Herbert Spencer or with its more particular embryological meaning" (p. 79).
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