The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Antiqued First Page

This single page item is a reproduction of the first page of Charles Darwin’s, The Origin of Species. It makes for a terrific piece to frame and decorate a study or as a gift for a teacher!

The page is standard 8.5" x 11" in size and has been hand antiqued via our own unique paper aging process to achieve a look you won’t find anywhere else.

The actual page contains the following text (though please note that the formatting and font will be different as viewed on this page – see photo for exact formatting and look!):

Origin of Species

By Charles Darwin

Chapter 1 – Variation Under Domestication

Causes of Variability–Effects of Habit and the use and disuse of Parts–Correlated Variation–Inheritance–Character of Domestic Varieties–Difficulty of distinguishing between Varieties and Species–Origin of Domestic Varieties from one or more Species–Domestic Pigeons, their Differences and Origin–Principles of Selection, anciently followed, their Effects–Methodical and Unconscious Selection–Unknown Origin of our Domestic Productions–Circumstances favourable to Man’s power of Selection.

Causes of Variability

When we compare the individuals of the same variety or sub-variety of our older cultivated plants and animals, one of the first points which strikes us is, that they generally differ more from each other than do the individuals of any one species or variety in a state of nature. And if we reflect on the vast diversity of the plants and animals which have been cultivated, and which have varied during all ages under the most different climates and treatment, we are driven to conclude that this great variability is due to our domestic productions having been raised under conditions of life not so uniform as, and somewhat different from, those to which the parent species had been exposed under nature. There is, also, some probability in the view propounded by Andrew Knight, that this variability may be partly connected with excess of food. It seems clear that organic beings must be exposed during several generations to new conditions to cause any great amount of variation; and that, when the organisation has once begun to vary, it generally continues varying for many generations. No case is on record


Our antiqued paper is delicately laced with a subtle hint of gold in the creases creating an almost magical look. (Although it’s difficult to catch with a camera, you can see in the image below how the shimmering is caught in the light)


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