London: John Murray, 1873.
6th Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003578
8vo (182 x 117 mm). xxi , 458 pp. Includes half-title and one folding lithographed plate facing p.91. Original publisher's green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, blind-stamped boards, original brown endpapers, inner hinges sound (spine ends a trifle bumped, minor wear to corners). Occasional minor foxing to outer blank margins (the folding table and adjoining pages stronger), a few pencil markings to final pages, else bright and clean. A very good+ copy. ----
SIXTH EDITION, fourth printing. It is again extensively revised and contains a new chapter, VII. This was inserted to confute the views of the Roman Catholic biologist St George Mivart. The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller type, the volume shorter again and giving the general impression of a cheap edition, which at 7s. 6d. it was. The title changes to The origin of species, and a glossary, compiled by W. S. Dallas, appears. It is in this edition that the word 'evolution' occurs for the first time. It had been used in the first edition of The descent of man in the previous year, but not before in this work. 'Evolved' had been the last word of the text in all previous editions, but 'evolution' had been omitted, perhaps to avoid confusion with the use of the word by Herbert Spencer or with its more particular embryological meaning. The word had however been used in its transformist sense by Lyell as early as 1832 (Principles of geology, Vol. II, p. 11). In this edition it occurs twice on page 201 and three times on page 424." (John van Wyhe, ed. 2002-. The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online). - Visit our website to see more images!
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