On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - empress8411 - LibraryThing
It is only fair that I divide my review into two parts: Writing and Content: Writing: Darwin is obviously writing from a different century. With complex syntax and extensive vocabulary, both ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - justindtapp - LibraryThing
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (free at Project Gutenberg). Drawing from my own reading library, this book a little like Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations in that the author is taking ... Read full review
On the Origin of Species
Causes of Variability Effects of Habit Correlation of Growth
STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE
DIFFICULTIES ON THEORY