The Principles of Biology
London: Williams and Norgate, 1864.
First edition in book form of Spencer's magnum opus, in which he coins the term "Survival of the fittest." Bound in contemporary marbled boards over green leather spines, with spines faded to brown. Very Good, bindings rubbed, worn at the extremities and chipped at the spine ends. Browning and foxing to pages, most concentrated to preliminary and terminal pages as well as the textblock edge. A landmark in late 19th century biology, in which Spencer writes, "This survival of the fittest, which I have here sought to express in mechanical terms, is that which Mr Darwin has called "natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life" (Vol. I, pp. 444). Item #140941428