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

Front Cover
Wildside Press, Aug 1, 2003 - Science - 516 pages
35 Reviews
It is now fully recognized that the publication of 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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
17
4 stars
10
3 stars
4
2 stars
3
1 star
1

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - LaPhenix - LibraryThing

I enjoyed reading the book that is the foundation of evolutionary biology, and it's fascinating to see what we used to believe and how far we've come. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Britt84 - LibraryThing

One of the most important scientific works ever written and a very impressive achievement. Darwin discusses his theory of the origin of species in a groundbreaking work that changed biology forever. I ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2003)

Charles Robert Darwin, born in 1809, was an English naturalist who founded the theory of Darwinism, the belief in evolution as determined by natural selection. Although Darwin studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and then studied at Cambridge University to become a minister, he had been interested in natural history all his life. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a noted English poet, physician, and botanist who was interested in evolutionary development. Darwin's works have had an incalculable effect on all aspects of the modern thought. Darwin's most famous and influential work, On the Origin of Species, provoked immediate controversy. Darwin's other books include Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Charles Darwin died in 1882.

Bibliographic information