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The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
John Murray, London 1873 - PUBLISHING DETAILS: Sixth edition, thirteenth thousand, of Darwin's world-changing book, published by John Murray of London in 1873. 458 pages, with fold-out diagram. Size; 19 x 13 cms (7.5" x 5"). Weight; 670g (1.5 pounds). CONDITION: I would rate this as very good. The book has been rebound in three-quarters brown leather, with 5 raised bands to the spine, over combed boards (see photo). The covers are generally sound and clean - the leather may have been restored - if so, very neatly. The leather spine labels are missing, thought the indents of the words can still be made out. The binding remains tight and secure. The text is generally clean and bright with just the odd mark. There is some light foxing to the prelims and back endpapers but no labels or inscriptions. Overall, this is a neat early printing of a most collectible title and will look very well on the bookshelf. THE BOOK: 'can we doubt . that individuals having any advantage, however slight, over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?' In the Origin of Species, Darwin challenged many of the most deeply held beliefs of the Western world. His insistence on the immense length of the past and on the abundance of life-forms, present and extinct, dislodged man from his central position in creation and called into question the role of the Creator. He showed that new species are achieved by natural selection, and that absence of plan is an inherent part of the evolutionary process. Darwin's prodigious reading, experimentation, and observations on his travels fed into his great work, which draws on material from the Galapagos Islands to rural Staffordshire, from English back gardens to colonial encounters. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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