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The Origin of Species by Means of Natural - Charles DARWIN - 1888. 
John Murray, 1888. 8vo., Sixth Edition, Thirty-Third Thousand, with a folding diagram, front free endpaper and following leaf lightly frayed at fore-edge; original arches-style binding of green cloth, decorative gilt back, chocolate endpapers, uncut, very short tear in upper joint else a bright, crisp copy. With 32pp publisher's catalogue bound in at end. The sixth is generally held to be the last significant edition, containing as it does Darwin's final major corrections and revisions. Published in 1872, it is the first edition with the title The Origin of Species, and includes among many other revisions a new chapter (VII) inserted to confute the views of the Catholic biologist St. George Mivart. There is a glossary, and the word 'evolution' is used in the text for the first time. An attractive and desirable copy of the 'most important scientific work of the 19th century' (Horblit) and 'the most important biological book ever written' (Freeman). SCARCE IN ANYTHING LIKE THIS CONDITION. Freeman (Darwin), 131; Freeman (BNHB), 907.
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