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Charles Darwin

One of the most influential people in human history, Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.  His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science.

Darwin published his theory of evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species. This went through numerous editions which he revised, making all early editions highly collectible. Other notable works by him include: Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of … The Beagle (1839); The Descent of Man, in relation to Sex (1871) - Darwin here uses the word ‘evolution’ for the first time; and The Expression of the Emotions (1872).

 

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  1. First US edition, first issue (with errata to verso of title in vol II); 2 vols, 8vo, (20.2 x 13.5 cm); illustrated throughout, hinges slightly loose on vol I but holding, occasional marginal annotations in vol I, slight spotting to prelims, slight marginal discolouration of leaves to both vols, pale yellow endpapers; publisher's russet cloth stamped in black with frames and cornerpieces, gilt lettering to spine, black ink stain to upper cover of vol II, spines bumped, corners slightly rubbed, overall a very good set; [vi], 409, [2]ads; [vii], 436, [12]ads pp.

    £1,250
  2. First edition, second issue (without the errata to verso of title of vol. II and errors in vol. I corrected). 8vo., viii, 423; ix, 47 5pp., ads to verso of title, 16 pages ads dated January 1871 at end of both volumes, illustrations in text, publisher's green cloth, rules in blind to boards, titles to spines gilt. Contemporary ownership inscription to each front free endpaper, minor rubbing to extremities, hinges repaired, trivial spotting early and late. An excellent set.

    £3,500
  3. First edition, second issue, 2 vols., 8vo., viii, 411, [1], 32; viii, 486, [2]pp., with publisher's lists at the end of each vol., original green cloth gilt, illustrated throughout, neat restoration to extremities, a very good set.

    £1,850
 

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