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Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work of evolutionary biology, "The Origin of Species" introduces the scientific theory of evolution, which posits that species. On the Origin of Species. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. The Descent of Man. On Natural Selection. The Descent of Man. See all books by . On the Origin of Species. This, certainly the most important biological book ever written, has received detailed bibliographical treatment in Morse Peckham's.

The origin of this mistake is in Darwin's diary ' copies printed. The first edition was published on November 24th, and all copies sold first day. There is only one issue of the first edition, the text being identical in all copies. There are, however, small differences in the cases and in the inserted advertisements; these points have been considered in detail in The Book collector, Vol.

The presence of two quotations only, from Whewell and Bacon, on the verso of the half-title leaf p. Two other points are usually made, the misprint ' speceies ' on page 20, line 11, and the whale-bear story in full on page ; these are not necessary for its recognition, and many more differences can be found in Peckham's edition.

Indeed the whale-bear story in full is not peculiar to the first edition, but occurs in all the four American printings of The single folded lithographic diagram , by William West, is inserted facing page It indicates Darwin's views of possible sequences of evolution, and continued to be used in all subsequent editions.

Philip D. Gingerich has used it recently in a discussion of the speed and pattern of evolution at a species level Amer. The book is signed and sewn in twelves and is often described as a duodecimo. The page shape is that of an octavo and Murray's ledger shows that the paper used was sheet and a half crown.

In the bolts the folded half sheet is inserted in the middle of the folded sheet; the first and second leaves are signed A1, A2 etc.


The identification of original variants of the case is bedevilled by the habit of transferring the text of copies in original, but worn, cases into better cases taken off copies of the second or third editions, which are closely similar. However, examination of copies with impeccable antecedents has shown two variants. These are described under No. The first edition, when in the cloth, has, almost invariably, thirty-two pages of inserted advertisements of Murray's general list dated June and with the edges uncut.

I have seen a copy in commerce with [4] pages of Murray's popular works, dated July , following the general works. The copy gave no indication of being sophisticated and was probably a freak. The general list occurs in three forms:. The other anomalies in the Admiralty list, that is the repetition of number 17, and the number 22 coming before 21, are the same in all issues.

This situation would seem to suggest that the advertisements were printed from standing type at least three times, in the order given. I have seen only two copies of the first, Darwin's own, at Cambridge, and one at the University of Toronto, bought in Cambridge but not an author's presentation.

Both the other two are found in author's presentation copies, the third more commonly. John van Wyhe. Although John Murray was more than copies short of the orders received at his autumn sale, he did not reprint, but asked Darwin to start revising at once. Murray's letter reached the author on November 24th, while he was on a long water cure at Ilkley, Yorkshire.

On November 25th, he writes 'I have been going over the sheets'; on December 14th 'I have been busy in getting a reprint with a very few corrections through the press.

Murray is now printing copies'; and on December 21st 'my publisher is printing off, as rapidly as possible.

The new edition is only a reprint, yet I have made a few important corrections'. This would have been quite normal practice for a book which was to have an official publication date early in the new year, nevertheless there are two copies known which are dated on the title page.

The existence of such copies has long been known to the trade, although, from their extreme rarity, few booksellers can ever have seen one. It was customary, for many years, for anyone offering a copy of the first edition to describe it as 'first edition, first issue', and Casey A.

Wood An introduction to the literature of vertebrate zoology, , claimed that McGill University held them both. It does not and never did. The book-sellers were, in a purist sense, right; the new printing was from standing type of the first edition, although with a considerable number of resettings. Darwin himself considered that it was merely corrected, but the next printing, in , was called the third edition on the title page. The copy at Yale is in poor condition and that at the University of Southern California bad, but both are in the original cases which are identical with one of the variants of the cases of and neither has any inserted advertisements.

A third copy, in commerce in America, was brought to my notice in March This one was in excellent condition and had inserted advertisements dated June , in the third variant referred to above. The case was precisely the same as those of the other two. The second edition , which is not so-called on the title page, was published, in the form in which it is usually seen, on January 7th, Three thousand copies were printed, perhaps including the few, considered above, which have on the title page; this was the largest printing of any edition or issue in Darwin's lifetime.

It can be recognized immediately by the date, by the words 'fifth thousand', and the correct spelling of 'Linnean' on the title page. There are three quotations on the verso of the half-title leaf. The misprint 'speceies' is corrected and the whale-bear story diluted, an alteration which Darwin later regretted, although he never restored the full text. This story is not found again in any printing, except in the American editions of , until the end of copyright. It is to be found reprinted in full, however in James Lamont Seasons with the sea-horses, , as part of an essay on the origin of marine mammals pp.

The cases are closely similar to those of the first edition, but three minor variants occur. These are entered here under No. Murray's general list advertisements, dated January , are present in most, but not all, copies; in some of them each page of text is surrounded by a frame of a single rule, as in variant 1 of the first edition; in others this rule is absent.

The price fell to 14 s. Murray sold copies at his November sale 'but has not half the number to supply'; so Darwin started revising again. Darwin received six free copies; one, inscribed to an unknown recipient 'With the kind regards of the Author' in his own hand, was sold at Sotheby's in ; this is the only inscribed copy of any edition of the Origin, other than family copies, known to me.

The third edition appeared in April , 2, copies being printed.

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The case is the same as that of the two previous editions, but again differing in small details. It was extensively altered, and is of interest for the addition of a table of differences between it and the second edition, a table which occurs in each subsequent edition, and also for the addition of the historical sketch.

This sketch, which was written to satisfy complaints that Darwin had not sufficiently considered his predecessors in the general theory of evolution, had already appeared in a shorter form in the first German edition , as well as in the fourth American printing where it is called a preface; both of these appeared in Asa Gray wrote to Darwin on Feb.

There is also a postscript on page xii. This concerns a review of the earlier editions by Asa Gray which had appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in , and as a pamphlet paid for by Darwin, in This edition has one leaf of advertisements which is part of the book 2A6. The fourth edition of was of 1, copies. It was again extensively altered, and it is in this one that the date of the first edition, as given on the verso of the half title, is corrected from October 1st to November 24th.

Darwin's own copy, at Cambridge, is in a case of the same pattern as those of the first three editions, but all other copies, although the same in general, have origin and species in italic; the blind stamping on both boards is new and the whole volume is a little shorter.

There are two minor variations of this case; the earlier has the inserted advertisements dated January and the later dated April The fifth edition of was of 2, copies and was again much revised. It is in this one that Darwin used the expression ' survival of the fittest ', Herbert Spencer's term, for the first time; it appears first in the heading of Chapter IV.

In the footnote on page xxii, the name D'Alton, which occurs twice, should read D'Alton both times, as it does in the fourth edition, but the second one has become Dalton. It remains thus until the thirty-ninth thousand of , but in the forty-first of , which was reset, Francis Darwin altered the first to Dalton, so that there were then two mistakes. The format of this edition changes to octavo in eights; the cases, of which there are four conspicuous variants, are entirely new, and the spine title is reduced to Origin of species.

Inserted advertisements, dated September , are usually present.

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The sixth edition , which is usually regarded as the last, appeared in February Murray's accounts show that 3, copies were printed, but this total presumably included both those with eleventh thousand on the title page and those with twelfth, the latter being notably less common. It is again extensively revised and contains a new chapter, VII. The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller type, the volume shorter again and giving the general impression of a cheap edition, which at 7s.

The title changes to The origin of species, and a glossary , compiled by W. Dallas, appears. It is in this edition that the word ' evolution ' occurs for the first time. It had been used in the first edition of The descent of man in the previous year, but not before in this work.

The word had however been used in its transformist sense by Lyell as early as Principles of geology, Vol.

In this edition it occurs twice on page and three times on page The title page reads 'Sixth edition, with additions and corrections. Eleventh thousand. Three misprints have been noticed in this text, the first of which persists in all British and American editions, except those based on earlier texts, to this day; it is also transferred to translations. The last sentence of the third paragraph of Chapter XIV p. The word 'observed' makes nonsense of this sentence and, as the previous five editions read 'hidden as it is by various degrees of modification', is clearly a misprint for 'obscured'.

In the glossary of scientific terms, the word 'indigenes' is misprinted 'indigeens'; this persists until In the Library Edition of that year the text reads 'indigeens', but there is an inserted erratum leaf Vol. The one volume thirty-third thousand of has 'indigeens', but the thirty-fifth, of the same year, has 'indigens'; this latter form continues in all further Murray printings.

Darwin himself uses 'indigenes' several times in the fourth chapter of the first and all later editions. Both forms are found in editions in print today.

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Finally, in this edition, the opening words of the Historical Sketch read 'I will here a give a brief sketch. This continues unnoticed through seventeen printings from the same stereos; but it was corrected when the whole book was reset for the forty-first thousand of This edition was reprinted, from stereos, later in the same year as the thirteenth thousand, and, again as the thirteenth, in On the verso of the title leaf of that of there are advertisements for nine of Darwin's works, whereas the reprint has ten.

The addition is the Expression of the emotions in its tenth thousand of As the first edition of the Expression of the emotions came out in November , the first issue of the thirteenth thousand must have been in press before this time, or else the new book would have been added.

The issue has no inserted advertisements, but copies of may have them dated April The printing of is the final text as Darwin left it. Peckham drew attention to the little known fact that there are small differences between the text of and that of He knew that the printings of and were from unaltered stereos of , but was unable to see a copy of and had therefore to leave it uncertain whether these differences occur for the first time in that printing or in that of which he used for collation.

The issue was of 1, copies only. This number is as small as any, being equalled only by that of the first edition; and, whilst the latter has been carefully conserved in libraries, no attention seems to have been paid to this one.

It does not seem to have been previously recognized as the first printing of the final text, and is remarkably hard to come by. It was, incidentally, this edition which Samuel Butler had beside him when writing Evolution old and new in This printing is the eighteenth thousand, but, as it is important to know what was the first issue of the final text, it should be noticed that advertisements for The origin of species in other works by Darwin around mention the existence of both sixteenth and seventeenth thousands as well as this one.

These may be summarized as follows:. No copies of the sixteenth or seventeenth thousands have ever been recorded; it is difficult to see from the printing records how they can exist, although they may. We know that the eighteenth was in print in , yet the sixteenth is advertised three times in the following year.

It is more likely that the compositor was making up from bad copy. The title page of this issue bears 'Sixth edition, with additions and corrections to Eighteenth thousand. There are no additions to the text and the pagination, from stereos, is unchanged.

There are however corrections, slight but undoubtedly those of Darwin himself. The two most obvious of these are the change from Cape de Verde Islands to Cape Verde Islands, and the change from climax to acme. The index is not altered so that Cape de Verde is retained there in this edition and later issues and editions, including the two volume Library Edition, which was entirely reset.

The reason for the change of the name of these islands is not known, and Cape de Verde is retained long afterwards in issues of the Journal of researches printed from stereos. However Darwin had no copyright in his Journal and only Cape Verde is found in Vegetable mould and worms which was first published in There is also one small change in sense in Chapter XIV.

The details of these changes can be found in Peckham. In , and subsequently, the same stereos were used for the very many issues which appeared, in a variety of bindings. The first one to appear in a standard binding was the twenty-fourth thousand of All these issues, right up to the last in , continue to include the summary of differences and the historical sketch.

An entirely new setting in larger type, was made for the Library Edition of in two volumes and, after two reissues in that form, the same stereos, repaginated, were used for the standard edition of the Edwardian period. This Library Edition is uniform with a similar edition of The descent of man, and the same cloth was used for Life and letters. The cheap edition was entirely reset for the forty-first thousand of The paper covered issues, which have been referred to above, have the title embossed on the front cover, and were produced for the remarkable price of one shilling, whilst the same printing in cheap cloth cost 2s.

Both of these, the latter particularly, are hard to find. There are two issues by another publisher in the copyright period.

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In the first issue, the title page and text are those of the forty-fifth thousand of , with a list of Sir John's choices tipped in before the half-title leaf. Seven hundred and fifty sets of the sheets were bought from Murray and issued in this form by Routledge and Kegan Paul in The second issue consists of Murray's fifty-sixth thousand, of , and there is no printed indication that this is a part of Sir John's series.

The green cloth binding is however uniform with the rest of the series. The first edition came out of copyright in November , and Ward Lock printed it in the same year in the Minerva Library new series.

He conducted empirical research focusing on difficulties with his theory. He studied the developmental and anatomical differences between different breeds of many domestic animals, became actively involved in fancy pigeon breeding, and experimented with the help of his son Francis on ways that plant seeds and animals might disperse across oceans to colonise distant islands.

By , his theory was much more sophisticated, with a mass of supporting evidence. Reasons suggested have included fear of religious persecution or social disgrace if his views were revealed, and concern about upsetting his clergymen naturalist friends or his pious wife Emma. Charles Darwin's illness caused repeated delays. His paper on Glen Roy had proved embarrassingly wrong, and he may have wanted to be sure he was correct. David Quammen has suggested all these factors may have contributed, and notes Darwin's large output of books and busy family life during that time.

Darwin always finished one book before starting another. While he was researching, he told many people about his interest in transmutation without causing outrage.

He firmly intended to publish, but it was not until September that he could work on it full-time. His estimate that writing his "big book" would take five years proved optimistic. Darwin was torn between the desire to set out a full and convincing account and the pressure to quickly produce a short paper. He met Lyell, and in correspondence with Joseph Dalton Hooker affirmed that he did not want to expose his ideas to review by an editor as would have been required to publish in an academic journal.

He began a "sketch" account on 14 May , and by July had decided to produce a full technical treatise on species as his "big book" on Natural Selection. His theory including the principle of divergence was complete by 5 September when he sent Asa Gray a brief but detailed abstract of his ideas. It enclosed twenty pages describing an evolutionary mechanism, a response to Darwin's recent encouragement, with a request to send it on to Lyell if Darwin thought it worthwhile.

The mechanism was similar to Darwin's own theory.

While Darwin considered Wallace's idea to be identical to his concept of natural selection, historians have pointed out differences. Darwin described natural selection as being analogous to the artificial selection practised by animal breeders, and emphasised competition between individuals; Wallace drew no comparison to selective breeding , and focused on ecological pressures that kept different varieties adapted to local conditions. On 28 March Darwin wrote to Lyell asking about progress, and offering to give Murray assurances "that my Book is not more un-orthodox, than the subject makes inevitable.

He bowed to Murray's objection to "abstract" in the title, though he felt it excused the lack of references, but wanted to keep "natural selection" which was "constantly used in all works on Breeding", and hoped "to retain it with Explanation, somewhat as thus",— Through Natural Selection or the preservation of favoured races.

In total, 1, copies were printed but after deducting presentation and review copies, and five for Stationers' Hall copyright, around 1, copies were available for sale. The third edition came out in , with a number of sentences rewritten or added and an introductory appendix, An Historical Sketch of the Recent Progress of Opinion on the Origin of Species, [85] while the fourth in had further revisions.

The fifth edition, published on 10 February , incorporated more changes and for the first time included the phrase " survival of the fittest ", which had been coined by the philosopher Herbert Spencer in his Principles of Biology Darwin had told Murray of working men in Lancashire clubbing together to download the 5th edition at fifteen shillings and wanted it made more widely available; the price was halved to 7 s 6 d by printing in a smaller font.

It includes a glossary compiled by W.

Book sales increased from 60 to per month. In a May letter, Darwin mentioned a print run of 2, copies, but it is not clear if this referred to the first printing only as there were four that year. He welcomed the distinguished elderly naturalist and geologist Heinrich Georg Bronn , but the German translation published in imposed Bronn's own ideas, adding controversial themes that Darwin had deliberately omitted. Bronn translated "favoured races" as "perfected races", and added essays on issues including the origin of life, as well as a final chapter on religious implications partly inspired by Bronn's adherence to Naturphilosophie.

Darwin corresponded with Royer about a second edition published in and a third in , but he had difficulty getting her to remove her notes and was troubled by these editions. The existence of two rhea species with overlapping ranges influenced Darwin.

Page ii contains quotations by William Whewell and Francis Bacon on the theology of natural laws , [] harmonising science and religion in accordance with Isaac Newton 's belief in a rational God who established a law-abiding cosmos. These facts seemed to me to throw some light on the origin of species—that mystery of mysteries, as it has been called by one of our greatest philosophers.

He mentions his years of work on his theory, and the arrival of Wallace at the same conclusion, which led him to "publish this Abstract" of his incomplete work. He outlines his ideas, and sets out the essence of his theory: As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected.

From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form. Darwin discusses contemporary opinions on the origins of different breeds under cultivation to argue that many have been produced from common ancestors by selective breeding.

However, for Darwin the small changes were most important in evolution. In Chapter II, Darwin specifies that the distinction between species and varieties is arbitrary, with experts disagreeing and changing their decisions when new forms were found. He concludes that "a well-marked variety may be justly called an incipient species" and that "species are only strongly marked and permanent varieties".The coastal sea life of the Atlantic and Pacific sides of Central America had almost no species in common even though the Isthmus of Panama was only a few miles wide.

The biological classification introduced by Carl Linnaeus in also viewed species as fixed according to the divine plan. First American edition, first issue with two quotations on the verso of the half-title. A fajok eredete. There are three quotations on the verso of the half-title leaf. Murray's accounts show that 3, copies were printed, but this total presumably included both those with eleventh thousand on the title page and those with twelfth, the latter being notably less common.