JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
I stumbled across this today, in volume of a series of volumes here of the journal The Athanaeum. I have a dozen or so volumes between 1839 and 1866, luckily including 1839 (with a number of articles about the new invention of photography) and 1859 (which includes a number of contributions on Darwin's On the Origin of Species1), and also including the following short notice:
I've included some links to review of Darwin's Origin below. I'd like to point out the closing of the Saturday Review (London) pieces, which in its final paragraphs begins its summation not very hopefully:
"In regard to that which is peculiar to Mr. Darwin's theory, we are far from thinking that the fruits of his labour and research will be useless to natural science."
Happily, the author gains a little steam, becoming happier with the work as he/she speeds to the end:
"On the contrary, we are persuaded that natural selection must henceforward be admitted as the chief mode by which the structure of organized beings is modified in a state of nature."
From the great website DARWIN-ONLINE (Darwinonline.org.uk):
1. On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the struggle for life. By CHARLES DARWIN, M. A., Fellow of the Royal Geological, Linnæan, &c. Societies.