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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Third edition, with additions and corrections. (Seventh Thousand).
London: John Murray, 1861 - Octavo. Original green diagonal-wave-grain cloth, covers blocked in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, brown endpapers, Freeman's variant b (no priority). Ownership inscription to half-title and occasional faint pencil underlining and marginalia. Newspaper clipping discussing colour variations of heffers tipped in to rear free endpaper recto. Spine gently rolled, rubbing to extremities, small nick to head of spine, minor wear to very tips, top edge dust toned, text block very slightly shaken; a very good copy. Folding diagram to p. 123. Third edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), issued in April 1861, one of 2,000 copies printed. This copy in Freeman's b binding variant (no priority given). 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. Freeman 381.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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