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The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication
London: John Murray,, 1868. In two volumes. With illustrations. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, blind-panelled covers, titles to spines gilt, dark blue-coated endpapers. 43 text woodcuts. Bookplate of King's College, Cambridge. Extremities lightly bumped, mild rubbing to spine, short area of very light wear at head of first joint on each volume, very mild cockling on first volume, minor marks to covers and endpapers, stitching slightly strained in places. Overall, a very good copy, with the cloth bright and fresh. First edition, second issue. The term "survival of the fittest" (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) was first used by Darwin in the first edition of this work, preceding its first use in the fifth edition of the Origin of Species (1869). Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication was a full statement of the facts on which the theories of the Origin of Species were based, though leaving aside an account of human evolution for The Descent of Man (1871). Though Darwin studied at Christ's College rather than King's, he enjoyed attending concerts in King's College Chapel.
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