On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

'Survival of the Fittest'

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

London: John Murray, 1869.

Fifth edition, with additions and corrections ("Tenth Thousand"). Folding diagram. 596, [32, catalogue] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. 'Survival of the Fittest'. Publisher's green cloth, spine stamped in gilt, black endpapers (Freeman binding variant b, no priority). Light rubbing to extremities, small closed tear at head of spine and front joint, front hinge cracked, light foxing throughout. In a custom half green morocco slipcase and chemise. Freeman 387. Item #310473

Fifth edition in publisher's cloth of one of the great landmarks in the history of science. "The fifth edition of 1869 was of 2,000 copies and was again much revised. It is in this one that Darwin used the expression 'the survival of the fittest,' Herbert Spencer's term, for the first time; it appears first in the heading of Chapter IV" (Freeman).

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