Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Zoology. Vol. III. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, and Williams and Norgate, 1859." /> DARWIN, Charles and Alfred Russell WALLACE (1823-1913). "On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection." In: <I>Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Zoology</I>. Vol. III. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, and Williams and Norgate, 1859. | Christie's
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    DARWIN, Charles and Alfred Russell WALLACE (1823-1913). "On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection." In: Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Zoology. Vol. III. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, and Williams and Norgate, 1859.

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    DARWIN, Charles and Alfred Russell WALLACE (1823-1913). "On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection." In: Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Zoology. Vol. III. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, and Williams and Norgate, 1859.

    8o (216 x 137 mm). (Lightly browned.) Contemporary green morocco gilt, top edges gilt (a bit scuffed at the edges, library slip removed from lower paste-down). Provenance; Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899), American palaeontologist (signature); Yale University Museum (cancelled library stamps).

    THE JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT OF DARWIN AND WALLACE'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION BY NATURAL SELECTION

    AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY inscribed on the recto of the first blank by pre-eminent American paleontologist "O.C. Marsh", the man whose discoveries of fossil horses "afforded the best support to the theory of Evolution which has appeared" (Darwin).

    "Darwin had developed the essential elements of his theory by 1838... however, he chose to keep his work on evolution unpublished for the time, instead concentrating his energies first on the preparation for publication of his geological work on the Beagle voyage, and then on an exhaustive eight-year study of the barnacle genus Cirripedia" (Norman). At the urging of Charles Lyell, Darwin began writing a vast encyclopedic work on natural selection in 1856, but was prompted to publish this joint publication with Wallace upon news of his independent discovery of the theory of natural selection in February 1858. "Lyell and Hooker suggested simultaneous publication of Wallace's paper and passages from Darwin's unpublished monograph, together with an extract from his letter to Asa Gray, written in 1857, in which he outlined the theory. This constituted the joint paper presented before the Linnean Society" (PMM). The Darwin-Wallace papers appeared in various issues, both with and without the inclusion of the botany papers (not present here). Freeman 351; Grolier/Horblit 23a (offprint issue); PMM 344a; Norman 591 (offprint issue).

    [Bound with:]

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Zoology. Volume IV. London: Longman, Green, Longmans and Roberts, and Williams and Norgate, 1860.


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