First edition of Sir Alfred Russel Wallace's Contributions to the theory of Natural selection
Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection. A Series of Essays.
Wallace, Alfred Russel.$1,150.00
Item Number: 92514
London: Macmillan and Co, 1870.
First edition of Wallace’s collected essays on the theory of natural selection. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
English naturalist and biologist Alfred Russel Wallace was one of the two leading figures in the development of the theory of evolution through natural selection alongside Charles Darwin. Darwin and Wallace’s theories differed slightly. Darwin argued that competition between members of the same species led to adaptation, while Wallace asserted that environmental pressures led populations of various locations to diverge. In 1858, Darwin and Wallace published a joint publication: On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection, the content of which Darwin would develop into his magnum opus, On the Origin of Species, published the following year. The essays included in the present volume initially appeared in various scientific periodicals between 1855 and 1870 and contain arguments both supporting and in opposition to theories previously set forth by Darwin.