On the Origin of Species, FIRST EDITION, John Murray, 1859
29 March 2023, 13:00 BSTLondon, Knightsbridge
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On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, FIRST EDITION, half-title (verso with quotations by Whewell and Bacon only), folding lithographed diagram by W. West, 32pp. publisher's catalogue dated June 1859 bound at end (Freeman's form 3, no priority), lacking front free endpaper, ownership signatures on half-title (prelims loose), first 50pp. a little spotted, publisher's blind-stamped green cloth, spine gilt (Freeman's variant a; no priority), Edmonds & Remnants ticket on rear pastedown, 15mm. splits to joints at head, neat loss to upper 3mm. of spine, patch of discoloration on spine, ink smudge to lower cover [Freeman 373; Garrison-Morton 220; Norman 593; PMM 344], 8vo, John Murray, 1859
Provenance: "S.M.C."[?], initials in purple ink; "L.A. Forscey, Ramsgate" (Lancelot Albert Forscey, scientist); John Rizzo Naudi, ownership signatures on half-title; pencil annotations on reverse of rear free endpaper.