Millard Fillmore’s Copy
(FILLMORE, MILLARD.) HUXLEY, THOMAS H. On the Origin of Species: or, the causes of the phenomena of organic nature
New York: Appleton, 1863
Original cloth, paper spine label (chipped). Very good. Cloth case
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. From the library of Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States (1850-1853), with his signatures dated May 22, 1863 on the title and on the front pastedown.
Huxley, “Darwin’s bulldog,” was the leading defender and promoter of Darwinism in the years following the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859.
In this popular work Huxley attempts to “disencumber the subject of its difficulties, simplify its statements, relieve it of technicalities, and bring it so distinctly within the horizon of ordinary apprehension that persons of common sense may judge for themselves. … Such is the character of the present volume” (preface).
This volume reflects the wide dissemination of Darwin’s ideas in the 1860s.