New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1892. Hardcover. Octavo size, 156 pp. Very good +. Item #20021602
"The publication of Mr. Darwin's work on the 'Origin of Species,' whether we consider the importance of the questions it raises, the ability with which he treats them, the boldness and originality of his speculations, or the profound and universal interest which the book awakened, must be looked upon as marking an era in the progress of science" (n.b., the opening lines of the Preface).
The author of this work, Thomas Henry Huxley (1925-1895) endeavors here to make the science behind Darwin's ideas into "popular forms of expression, without sacrificing accuracy and introducing error" (ibid). Although initially slow to accept some of Darwin's ideas, he became known as "Darwin's Bulldog" for his support of Darwin's evolutionary theories.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full rust cloth over boards, black decorative borders on the front board, design mirrored in blind on the rear board, gilt lettering on the spine, light yellow coated endpapers; octavo size (8" by 5"), pagination: [1-3] 4-150, followed by six pages of publisher's ads.
___CONDITION: A solid very good copy, the boards mostly clean with some light overall soiling, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; head and tail of spine bumped and slightly rubbed with some light marks at the tail of the spine, a few spots of light soiling to the fore-edge of the text block, a short closed tear at the top of the rear free endpaper, and the prior owner (a certain "Dr. H. Walter"), clearly being proud of his possession of this work, stamped his name on all four endpapers, on the fore-edge margins of pages 73 and 141, and on the recto of the rear flyleaf.
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