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Spencer, Herbert
The principles of biology 2 vols
London: Williams and Norgate, 1865. Spencer, Herbert (1820-1903). The principles of biology. 2 vols. viii, 475; viii, 566pp. Text wood-engravings. London: Williams & Norgate, 1865-67. 221 x 142 mm. Original cloth stamped in gilt and blind, a little worn, shaken and faded, small splits in hinges, spine of Vol. I chipped. Minor spotting, but very good. First Bound Edition of Vol. I; First Edition of Vol. II. The phrase "survival of the fittest," coined by Spencer, makes its first appearance on p. 444 of Vol. I: "This survival of the fittest, implies multiplication of the fittest . . . This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr. Darwin has called 'natural selection,' or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life." "Spencer conceived that every species is endowed with its own type of physiological unit, each unit being capable, under certain circumstances, of reproducing the whole organism" ( 119). Spencer's work was originally published in parts, as he noted in the prefaces to each volume.
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