Darwin, Charles (1809-1882) On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. London: Murray, 1859. First edition, publisher's ads dated June, 1859; half-title verso with quotations from "W. Whewell" and Bacon only; folding lithographic diagram by William West after Darwin at page 117; bound in full contemporary textured green cloth by Edmond & Remnants of London, with their ticket pasted inside the back board; covers blocked in blind, spine tooled, ruled, and lettered in gilt; ownership signature of John Edwin Eddison (1843-1929) professor of veterinary medicine on ffep; blindstamp of George Yewdall, solicitor, Leeds on ffep; armorial bookplate of British archaeologist Sir Charles Fellows (1799-1860) pasted inside the back board; pages untrimmed; housed in custom chemise and slipcase in half green morocco, 7 3/4 x 5 in.
Corners bumped, slight wrinkle to cloth on front board, old vertical fold to half title, lesser old vertical fold to title; some daylight between some signatures; head and tail cap intact, joints holding, slight break (smaller than a half inch) to front joint at foot; with some minor breaks along the gutter of the front pastedown and endleaf.
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