London, South Kensington
24 September 2008
DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection ... Fifth Thousand. London: John Murray, 1860. Large 12°. Folding lithographed plate, 32pp. of publisher's advertisements at end (advertisements a little foxed). Original green cloth, gilt spine, uncut (short tears in head and foot of spine and in upper joint).
Second edition, second issue. Three thousand copies were printed - the largest printing of any edition or issue in Darwin's lifetime - and it is the last English edition to contain the whale-bear story. Freeman 376.
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