The Origin of Species


The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin 

Introduced by Darren Bloodworth of C Arden Booksellers, Hay-on-Wye 

This is certainly the most important biological work ever written. Controversial at the time, Charles Darwin had formulated his theory of evolution over the preceding twenty years or so.

This is a 2nd edition, 2nd issue of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ that was published by John Murray in London in 1860.

In original binding of green boards, with blind-tooled decoration, gilt lettering and decoration to spine. Overall this is a very good copy.


Collectors note: the books has ‘Fifth Thousand’ on title-page as called for in the Freeman bibliography of Darwin’s works. Freeman No. 376 Variant B.


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One thought on “The Origin of Species

  1. This is (almost certainly) NOT “the most important biological work ever written” (which I doubt has been written yet). Most people (not unnaturally) would agree with Darren, and disagree with muggins, but so what? Am I am bothered by the size (or quality) of the opposition, or interested in the numbers game? What can it possibly signify to agree (or disagree) with the theory of evolution, the survival of the fittest (ha!) or any of the other so-called ‘scientific’ laws that plague this planet (with experts, bureaucrats and other ‘educated’ types)?
    Forgive me, folks, but I find this (near universal) eulogy of received wisdom (extremely) distasteful (or at any rate, taste-less). How can any book be the most important one on the subject “ever”? This is just hyperbole, the sort of (controversial) acclaim that greeted Fifty Shades of Grey; the greatest (biggest) best-seller in the history of hysteria.
    Would Darwin have approved of it, I wonder? I’m no fan of his (fanatical) fan-club, but to give the guy his due, I don’t suppose so.


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