On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition by Charles DarwinOn the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition by Charles Darwin

On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition

byCharles Darwin

Paperback | January 1, 1964

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It is now fully recognized that the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859 brought about a revolution in man’s attitude toward life and his own place in the universe. This work is rightly regarded as one of the most important books ever published, and a knowledge of it should be part of the intellectual equipment of every educated person. The book remains surprisingly modern in its assertions and is also remarkably accessible to the layman, much more so than recent treatises necessarily encumbered with technical language and professional jargon.

This first edition had a freshness and uncompromising directness that were considerably weakened in later editions, and yet nearly all available reprints of the work are based on the greatly modified sixth edition of 1872. In the only other modern reprinting of the first edition, the pagination was changed, so that it is impossible to give page references to significant passages in the original. Clearly this facsimile reprint of the momentous first edition fills a need for scholars and general readers alike.

Title:On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:540 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0 inPublished:January 1, 1964Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674637526

ISBN - 13:9780674637528

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from classic but ... I found this an incredibly dull read, but there's no denying it's one of the most important books ever written.
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction [Ernest Mayr]
  • On the Origin of Species
  • Bibliography
  • Subject Index
  • Diagram of Divergence

Editorial Reviews

It was a very happy idea to publish a facsimile of the first edition of On the Origin of Species; the price of copies of the original edition has reached the thousand dollar bracket, and in contemporary literature all page-references are to the original pagination, which was not followed in previous reprints of the first edition. Now, with this very reasonably priced and beautifully produced book, not only historians of science but also biologists will have the opportunity of following the fascinating thought-trails, still far from fully explored, of that remarkable man Darwin. Few if any persons are so well qualified as Harvard's Ernst Mayr to execute so helpfully and gracefully the delicate task of writing a worthy foreword to such a classic.