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DARWIN, Charles.
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London: John Murray,, 1869. Darwin's first use of Herbert Spencer's term "the survival of the fittest" Octavo. Original green cloth, gilt titles to spine, blind-panelled covers, black coated endpapers Freeman's variant c (no priority). Folding diagram at p. 132. With the contemporary book label of Reverend Lloyd B. Walrond to the front pastedown. Bookseller's blind stamp to front free endpaper. Ownership inscription in ink to half-title. Spine gently rolled, slight wear to extremities, a couple of small nicks to spine ends, faint mark to front free endpaper; a very good copy. Fifth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fifth edition of 1869 was of 2,000 copies and was again much revised. It is in this one that Darwin used the expression "the survival of the fittest", Herbert Spencer's term, for the first time; it appears first in the heading of Chapter IV" (Freeman). Freeman 387. [Attributes: First Edition]
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