514 pages, no illustrations
With an introduction by Ernst Mayr, author of Growth of Biological Thought. Mayr's introduction places Darwin in his historical and philosophical context. 1998 reprint.
"The Origin is one of the most important books ever published, and a knowledge of it should be a part of the intellectual equipment of every educated person [...] The book will endure in future ages so long as a knowledge of science persists in mankind. It remains to be said that the edition here reviewed is very worthily produced and contains a little-known picture of Darwin."
– W. L. Sumner, Nature
"This is a most valuable publication. In addition to the text of the first edition (1859) of the Origin with all the freshness and directness of the original, now here made available in facsimile, Professor Ernst Mayr of Harvard, a most distinguished writer in this field, has prefaced this reprint with an introduction that is in itself a classic."
– Times Literary Supplement
"It was a very happy idea to publish a facsimile of the first edition of On the Origin of Species; the price of copies of the original edition has reached the thousand dollar bracket, and in contemporary literature all page-references are to the original pagination, which was not followed in previous reprints of the first edition. Now, with this very reasonably priced and beautifully produced book, not only historians of science but also biologists will have the opportunity of following the fascinating thought-trails, still far from fully explored, of that remarkable man Darwin. Few if any persons are so well qualified as Harvard's Ernst Mayr to execute so helpfully and gracefully the delicate task of writing a worthy foreword to such a classic."
– Sir Gavin de Beer, Science
Introduction by Ernest Mayr On the Origin of Species Bibliography Subject Index Diagram of Divergence
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