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).
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, ads; [vii], 436, ads pp.£1,250
First edition, second issue (without the errata to verso of title-page of vol. II, and errors in vol. I corrected); 2 vols, 8vo (19.5 x 13.5 cm); ownership inscriptions to front free endpaper recto of both vols, numerous illustrations, light spotting to prelims otherwise text bright and clean; publisher's green cloth, rules in blind to boards, gilt spine, minor rubbing to extremities, hinges repaired, a very good set.£3,500
First edition, second issue, 2 vols., 8vo., viii, 411, , 32; viii, 486, 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
First edition, second issue, 2 volumes, 8vo., viii, 411, , 32; viii, 486,  pp., with publisher's lists at the end of each vol., original green cloth gilt, illustrated throughout, tiny hole to spine vol. ii affecting the 's' of 'domestication', foxing to endpapers, a very good set.£1,850
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