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¤ ¤ ¤ ILLUSTRATED ¤ ¤ ¤ On The Origin Of Species, by Charles Darwin - NEW Illustrated Classics 2011 Edition (FULLY OPTIMIZED FOR KINDLE) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Darwin
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This is the Novellum Ebook Works Illustrated Classics 2011 Edition of On The Origin Of Species, by Charles Darwin.

Peppered throughout the full, beautifully presented text are over 240 finely-detailed illustrations that flesh out the places and species referenced in the book, along with biographical photographs of the major players in this, the greatest intellectual adventure of human history.

Illustrations are presented with informative captions, and in high definition, allowing the Kindle's full-page zoom function to explore them in detail, and active chapter links are provided to navigate crisply through Darwin's masterpiece of scientific discovery.

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"This interesting publication may help to cut misinterpretation and is a useful resource for anyone who wishes to re-read Origin illuminated by the perspectives of a modern biologist."
--Biologist, 1 November 2009


"Are they needed? To be sure. The Darwinian industry, industrious though it is, has failed to provide texts of more than a handful of Darwin's books. If you want to know what Darwin said about barnacles (still an essential reference to cirripedists, apart from any historical importance) you are forced to search shelves, or wait while someone does it for you; some have been in print for a century; various reprints have appeared and since vanished." Eric Korn, Times Literary Supplement "Historians, scientists, historians of science, and their students all have reasons to appreciate the care that went into editing and publishing The Works of Charles Darwin." Muriel L. Blaisdell, Isis

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 28688 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Novellum Ebook Works (6 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZ92W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious edition of a masterful book 24 April 2009
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
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This large (and attractively cheap!) book is instantly appealing, crying out to be flipped through. There are hundreds of photographs and drawings of animals, plants, people and places, and portraits of Darwin and his peers. There are also many text panels livening up the main read with extracts from Darwin's "Voyage Of The Beagle", and his autobiography, and the volume of his life and letters produced by his son Francis. These panels tend to form an unrelated 'sub-plot' in each chapter, adding colour, context and interest.

Darwin's text is still one of the world's most important books and I was delighted to find his prose so graceful, his tone so calmly intelligent, and his intellect so sprawlingly compendious. His book went through six editions in his lifetime, during which he tinkered with the text to answer his critics; this version wisely presents the original and uncluttered first edition text. Although I understood evolution by natural selection well enough before (Dawkins fan), I had not realised the degree of detail and care that Darwin brought to his exposition, and the amount of evidence he marshals from so many directions (embryology, geology, geography, taxonomy...). He also anticipates his critics by laying out what he regards as the problems for the theory, as well as its strength. The work will be a tad dry for some readers' tastes (I took a month over it), but it is a quiet joy.

Quammen's introduction explores Darwin's life and puts his achievement in the context of the time. Included as an appendix is Darwin's introduction to the third edition, in which he diligently credits all those writers who had approached the same theory before him (including Wallace of course). There's also a biological glossary and a substantial index.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value 16 Jan. 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a "coffee table" sized book i.e. on the large side which is a bit of a shock if you are expecting something you can carry easily. However the plus side is the fantastic colour plates and the addition of supporting material from the Beagle voyage, Darwin's autobiography and journals. A book to enjoy whilst sitting comfortably at home rather than on public transport.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 7 Feb. 2009
This is the most beautiful edition of Darwin's Origin of the Species I have come across. With lots of facsimiles of the original book, Darwin's letters and other memorabilia from the original it really adds to the book's content. Highly Recommended
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I was expecting an original copy of the text but with colour illustrations. However, many of the illustrations appear to be unrelated to the text. Also, if you want the background 'DVD Extras' type book, with additional text and letters, then this is for you. A hefty tome - more coffee table than bedtime reading.

Personally I want more original, less 'value add' - but then again, I never watch the DVD extras.

Also the paper was slightly undulating as if it had become damp then dried out. Can't complain for the price though.

Lots to love about this book for the price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two beautiful things... 9 Jun. 2011
This book has been produced on the premise that two beautiful things, when put together, make something even more beautiful, just like wine and cheese, a sail on the sea, the singer and a song, a dove on its leafy branch, a man and a woman. Right? Wrong! Our lives are just not that simple as a few seconds further thought will confirm. How about olives and custard, a modern highway beside a country cottage, an opera singer bugling a rock song, a bickering pair of ex-partners?

More than others, I would expect those in the world of art and literature to understand that a beautiful object becomes more beautiful through its harmonious relation to others. In a partnership, each must speak to the other--strikingly, wittily, subtly, shockingly, artistically--in one way or another but the conversation must take place and it must engage. Sadly in this edition, the powerful words of Darwin's Origin of Species and the illustrations--a series of stunning images and quotations taken from his other books, notably The Voyage of the Beagle and The Autobiography of Charles Darwin--do not speak to one-another at all. They lie in stark isolation on the same page, a conglomeration of words and images, as scrambled as a dog's breakfast.

To take just one example, Chapter 1 on "domestication" is full of Darwin's observations and explanations about breeding of domestic animals--pigeons, dogs, cattle, domestic hens. It could so easily have been illustrated by contemporary drawings and paintings, many by Darwin himself, of domestic breeds. What do we get? Tropical forests, HMS Beagle, Captain Fitzroy, flamingos, a photo of ants and extracts from the Voyage of the Beagle. It is the same throughout the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of a book 9 Mar. 2010
A wonderful book, both in its presentation and in its content. Basically, the book is a reprint of The Origin of Species. I found this particularly refreshing, in the sense that, originally, I thought that bits and parts of it will be displayed, or even a commentary. But here we have the real thing presented in a way that makes this publication a jewel of a book.
However, it is also much more than that. An interesting feature is that it also includes many extracts from Darwin's other writings, including the Beagle notes, which provide a valuable background to the main text. Then there are the illustrations, which indeed give the whole publication a breath of its own. The artwork is beautiful, and the interest it attracts is riveting.
This is not simply a reprint of Darwin's famous book. It is a collector's item; a special way to celebrate and commemorate that ground-breaking and revolutionary work which changed the lives of all of us.
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Published 19 months ago by Miss Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated!
Although this is 'the real thing' and therefore not designed for children, I bought this book for my grandson for his sixth birthday, and he loves it. Read more
Published on 2 Feb. 2013 by Chris M
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
I got it for my science loving boyfriend who does not like reading, however he is already started to read it. Its a very nice gift.
Published on 21 Feb. 2012 by Marika
5.0 out of 5 stars for the biologist
This book will definitely get you in bed with a biologist. She will love the illustrations and she will love you. The perfect gift for a loved one who eats, sleeps, lives biology.
Published on 31 Jan. 2012 by Georgios Karakatsanis
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
What can i say that already has not been said about this man.I suppose some may agree or disagree but all i can say is the quality of the book is amazing. Read more
Published on 26 Jan. 2012 by sam wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I use this book for uni work, its awesome. The pictures are
really nice and the book which has amazing illustrations.
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