CHARLES DARWIN: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of His Published Letters. Edited by his son, Francis Darwin
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(New York: Appleton and Company, 1893), AN IMPORTANT WORK. This is the first and basic life of Darwin. It contains the first version of Darwin's autobiography, which was edited to avoid giving offence to his widow (the full text was not published in English until 1958). The letters were selected with a more personal rather than scientific bias, with particular emphasis on the period during which Darwin was writing and preparing for publication his ORIGIN OF SPECIES. There is particular emphasis on the period during which Darwin was writing and preparing for publication of his ORIGIN OF SPECIES. Freeman says, "The abridged edition is not to be considered merely as a short, and cheap version since it does contain matter not present in the original." First one volume edition, U.S. issue. With a photogravure portrait frontispiece and a facsimile page from Darwin's notebook. 8vo, publisher's original rust cloth with border roll and floral decorations in black on the upper cover and in blind on the lower cover, spine lettered in gilt. [viii], 365,8 ads. A very handsome and very fine copy indeed, fresh and clean.