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On the origin of species by means of natural selection. [2nd edition]

Author Darwin, Charles.
Title On the origin of species by means of natural selection. [2nd edition]
Imprint London: John Murray,
Date of Publication 1860
Language English
Notes Darwin's "Origin of Species" is one of the most important, influential and controversial books to have been published in the English language. With the acquisition of this second edition NLS now has copies all six editions published by John Murray in Darwin's lifetime (1809-1882). The first edition sold out on the day of publication in November 1859, the second edition accordingly appeared in January the following year to meet public demand. Three thousand copies were printed. John Murray had asked Darwin to begin revising the text as soon as the first edition had appeared in print and the second edition can be recognised immediately by the date, by the words 'fifth thousand', and the correct spelling of 'Linnean' on the title page. There is also a minor change to the text with the 'whale-bear story' (where Darwin speculated on a possible evolutionary link between whales and bears, much to the later amusement of his opponents) edited down, and a misprint of the word 'species' has been corrected.
Shelfmark RB.s.2771
Reference Sources The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online (http://darwin-online.org.uk/)
Acquired on 15/12/09
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