22 June 2010
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. London: W. Clowes and Sons for John Murray, 1859.
12o (198 x 123 mm). Folding lithographed diagram. (Some scattered foxing.) Original publisher's blindstamped green cloth, spine gilt-decorated, blindstamp of C.W. Holdich, bookseller in Hull, on front free endpaper (hinges cracked, inner front joint with slight repair, some splits and nicks at head of spine, 1-in. split along rear joint, slightly leaned). Provenance: R.W. Falconer, most likely Randolph Wilbraham Falconer (1816-81), physician from Bath, author of The Baths and Mineral Waters of Bath, (signature dated 1859 on half-title); Charles Walker Andrews (bookplate, purchased in the 1930s; by bequest given to the present owner).
FIRST EDITION "OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SCIENTIFIC WORK OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY" (Grolier/Horblit). Freeman binding variant A and with ads dated June 1859. In this revolutionary statement of his concept of the evolution of species "Darwin not only drew an entirely new picture of the workings of organic nature; he revolutionized our methods of thinking and our outlook on the natural order of things. The recognition that constant change is the order of the universe had been finally established and a vast step forward in the uniformity of nature had been taken" (PMM). A very good copy, with the ownership inscription of a contemporary physician. Dibner Heralds of Science 199; Freeman 373; Garrison-Morton 220; Grolier/Horblit 23b; Norman 593; PMM 344b.
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