Make a bid for the 5th edition of On the Origin of Species | March 11th, 2009

Specialist travel company, Steppes Travel, has purchased a rare copy of the 5th edition of On the Origin of Species to be auctioned for the benefit of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. The 5th edition was published on 10 February 1869 and for the first time included Herbert Spencer’s phrase “survival of the fittest”. Prospective bidders can get a close up view of the book as it goes on a nine month journey, appearing at various events including a visit to Galapagos over the coming months. The book will end its journey on Galapagos Day, which takes place at London’s Royal Geographical Society on 15th September and all proceeds from the auction will go to GCT. On line bids will also be accepted between now and September. See for more details.