Book review: ‘On the Origin of Species’, second edition facsimile

A faithful(ish) copy of the original.

‘On the Origin of Species’, second edition facsimile

Darwin’s masterpiece On the Origin of Species needs no introduction. It is one of the most important science books ever written, and underpins the whole of modern biology.

This particular edition, published by the British Natural History Museum, is a faithful(ish) facsimile of the second edition of Origin, which was published in 1860, less than a year after the first edition.

The typesetting reflects that of the original, and is pleasing to the eye. The green cover also reflects the colour of the original, although it is made of a modern material, rather than being cloth bound.

I own many copies of Origin. This is one of the prettiest. If you haven’t got round to reading Darwin’s great work yet, you could do far worse than picking up this facsimile edition.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher.

Writer and photographer Richard Carter, FCD is the founder of the Friends of Charles Darwin. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteFacebookTwitterNewsletterBooks
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