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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London: John Murray,, 1861. or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Third Edition, with Additions and Corrections. (Seventh Thousand.) Octavo in twelves (196 × 120 mm). Original green diagonal-wave-grain cloth, covers decoratively blocked in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, brown coated endpapers, binder's ticket (Edmonds & Remnants, London) to rear pastedown. Folding table. Complete with the half-title and 2 pages of publisher's advertisements to the rear. Bookseller's blind-stamp (W. H. Smith) to front free endpaper, contemporary pencilled annotation to rear free endpaper. Spine rolled and slightly sun-darkened, extremities bumped and rubbed, short (15 mm) sections of splitting to cloth along fore edge of front board, foot of front joint and head of rear, superficial cracking to front inner hinge, contents very faintly toned as usual with the occasional light marginal spot, faint creasing to lower outer corner of a few earlier leaves. Overall a very good copy, internally crisp and the binding sound. Third edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), first issued in April 1861, one of 2,000 copies printed. The text was extensively altered, and a table is given of differences from the second edition, a feature that occurs in each subsequent Murray edition. The third edition is also notable for the addition of the historical sketch in which Darwin considers his predecessors in the general theory of evolution, which had already appeared in shorter form in the first German edition, as well as in the fourth American printing, both in 1860.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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