Edinburgh: Edinburgh Review, Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, A & C Black, 1871. First Edition. Half Leather. Near Fine Condition. Item #257956
This forty page article, published just weeks after Darwin's publishers released the original work is described by Dawkins as 'of the very highest importance' all the while tending to be unconvinced by Darwin's arguments. From our modern perspective, where Darwin is widely accepted as providing a correct interpretation of evolution, it is interesting to examine the mid Victorian view where it was often contested and disputed. The criticisms and limitations of Darwin's work are worth reading to see the controversial situation that Darwin found himself in at the time, even as the debate around his work widened and gradually became part of mainstream thinking. Darwin himself worried he would come to be seen as 'the most despicable of men'. The whole volume extends to around 600 pages. Bound in an original half leather binding, with marbled boards, and five raised bands, and twin contrasting leather labels, gilt lettered. The joints are quite sound and with only minimal wear to the head and tail of the spine. There is a small string mark to the front edge of the upper board. The corners are lightly rubbed. The contents are very bright and clean throughout, with just a hint of foxing now and again. Bookplate of Francis Arkwright on the front pastedown. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Featured; New Arrivals; Edinburgh Review. Inventory No: 257956.