1869 Darwin Origin of Species American ed Evolution pre-Survival of the Fittest

DARWIN, Charles

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“One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”

― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

 

A very rare American edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ – one of the most important scientific books ever written. Originally written in 1859, this book helped lay the foundation for many of the theories of evolution that would shape thinking for the next century. According to Glick,

“‘Origin of Species’ greatest impact on German biological practice lay in the introduction of historical modes of explanation for the observable phenomena of living nature. Darwin taught his followers to look at living beings one by one. Thus prompted, they recognized, as if for the first time, the surprising fact of anomaly and the wisdom of an open-ended theory.” (Glick, Comparative Reception of Darwinism)

Garrison-Morton calls this work “the most wonderful piece of synthesis in the history of science.”

 

This particular 1869 issue is of particular rarity – it was published prior to the use of the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’. On page 121 of this example, Darwin uses the terms ‘principle of preservation’, and ‘natural selection’ and in all following issues he changed these to the all-encompassing ‘survival of the fittest’. This edition also includes a folding chart.

 

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1869 Darwin Origin of Species American ed Evolution pre-Survival of the Fittest

 

“One general law, leading to the advancement of all organic beings, namely, multiply, vary, let the strongest live and the weakest die.”

― Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

 

A very rare American edition of Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ – one of the most important scientific books ever written. Originally written in 1859, this book helped lay the foundation for many of the theories of evolution that would shape thinking for the next century. According to Glick,

“‘Origin of Species’ greatest impact on German biological practice lay in the introduction of historical modes of explanation for the observable phenomena of living nature. Darwin taught his followers to look at living beings one by one. Thus prompted, they recognized, as if for the first time, the surprising fact of anomaly and the wisdom of an open-ended theory.” (Glick, Comparative Reception of Darwinism)

Garrison-Morton calls this work “the most wonderful piece of synthesis in the history of science.”

 

This particular 1869 issue is of particular rarity – it was published prior to the use of the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’. On page 121 of this example, Darwin uses the terms ‘principle of preservation’, and ‘natural selection’ and in all following issues he changed these to the all-encompassing ‘survival of the fittest’. This edition also includes a folding chart.

 

Item number: #10902

Price: $1950

 

DARWIN, Charles

 

On the origin of species by means of natural selection.

 

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1869.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [xi], 5-440, [4]
    • Folding diagram
  • References: Freeman 438; Glick; Garrison & Morton 220; Printing and the Mind of Man, 344b.
  • Notes on edition:
    • 116-121 have asterisks by page number; then the pages are repeated with no asterisks.
      • These corrections were taken from the fifth British edition and included in this 1869 American edition
    • Added supplement at p.425
    • Darwin’s own preface given prior to Table of Contents.
    • Final edition to not feature ‘survival of the fittest’
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover; tight and secure
  • Size: ~8in X 5in (20cm x 13.5cm)
  • VERY rare and desirable with auction records and price comparisons for this edition at upwards of $5000

 

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10902

Category

Medicine & Science

Authors

DARWIN, Charles

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Hardcover

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete