Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975. First Edition. Cloth. Royal 8vo (9 1/4" x 6 1/8"), maroon cloth with black label & gold lettering on spine, illustrated with double-spread charts, Mylar-protected lettered dust jacket (neatly price-clipped), [i-viii], ix-xii + 1-692 pages + [693-694] folding table with original Species Diagrams. 2 lbs. 9 1/4 oz. Fine / Fine. Item #2529
IMPORTANT FIRST PUBLICATION of the SECOND PART of DARWIN'S NATURAL SELECTION BOOK, which volume was abridged and revised by Darwin to create THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES from portions of this manuscript--now first carefully edited and published by a professor who is an expert on Darwin.
Charles Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS (1809 – 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called "natural selection," in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species.
He was writing up his theory in 1858 as part of THIS much larger study on NATURAL SELECTION, when Alfred Russel Wallace sent him an essay that described the same idea, prompting immediate joint publication of both of their theories. Darwin's publication of The Origin of Species was a condensation of portions of this larger work here carefully edited and now published.
EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION, though the front dust jacket flap has been clipped. Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown. HEAVY volume so overseas' shipment is likely to be in the $35 region.