London: John Murray, 1861.
3rd Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003577
8vo (198 x 124 mm). xix , 538 pp., including half-title, single leaf of "Mr. Murray's General List of Works" and 32 pp. publisher's advertisements at end, dated 'January 1865', folding lithographed table facing p.123. Original publisher's green blind-stamped cloth (extremities very little rubbed, corners very little bumped), original brown endpapers, Edmonds & Remnants ticket to rear pastedown, inner hinges sound. Text very clean and bright throughout, light occasional dust soiling to fore-margin of few leaves, occasional very minor spotting. Pages untrimmed. Provenance: Stassin et Xavier (small ticket to first flyleaf). A very good+, clean, unmarked and unstained copy in untouched binding. ----
Freeman 381 (binding variant b)- THIRD EDITION OF "THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SCIENTIFIC WORK OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. Published April 1861 in an edition of 2000 copies. Its publication aroused world-wide criticism and controversy, both religious and scientific" (Grolier/Horblit). Though the work was initially prompted by observations, made during his travels aboard the Beagle from 1831 to 1836, of the biology and geology of isolated islands, Darwin spent nearly 25 years after his return to England accumulating evidence and considering his theory before publishing. "Although the theory of evolution can be traced to the ancient Greek belief in the 'great chain of being,' Darwin's greatest achievement was to make this centuries-old 'underground' concept acceptable to the scientific community by cogently arguing for the existence of a viable mechanism -- natural selection -- by which new species evolve over vast periods of time. Darwin's influence on biology was fundamental and continues to be felt today" (Garrison-Morton 220). - Visit our website to see more images!
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