The Origin of Species

1888; a very handsome copy


Charles Darwin


John Murray, London, 1888
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Printing Details

Sixth Edition, with Additions and Corrections to 1872 (Thirty-third Thousand). Hardback, bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine. 19.5 × 12.5cm, xxi, 458pp + 32pp publisher's ads, complete with folding plate at p91.

Full title: The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

In his classic book, Charles Darwin challenged many of the most deeply-held beliefs of the western world. Arguing for a material, not divine, origin of species, he showed that new species are achieved by 'natural selection'.


This copy is in very good condition. The green cloth is clean and has only minor rubbing to the spine ends and corners. The pages are clean, but there are very small amount of marginal pencil marks, not affecting the text and a booksellers small stamp to the half-title. The inner binding is sound but looks as if it may have been strengthened at some point, the first 55 pages or so slightly jut out. The front hinge has light wear, the rear hinge undamaged. A very handsome copy.

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