On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for Life
Book Description: London: John Murray, 1859., 1859. 8vo., (7 6/8 x 5 inches). 32-page publisher's catalogue dated June 1859 [Freeman variant 3] at end. Half-title with quotations from "W. Whewell" and Bacon only on verso (title-page with one or two faint spots). Folding lithographic diagram by William West after Darwin bound to face page 117. Original green cloth, covers decorated in blind, gilt spine [Freeman variant a], brown coated endpapers, uncut by Edmonds and Remnants with their ticket on the lower pastedown (a bit rubbed along the top edge, but FINE AND ATTRACTIVE). 20th-century cloth clamshell box. Provenance: with the contemporary engraved armorial bookplate of a member of the Carrick family with their motto "Garde Bien", on the front paste-down; the blind library stamp of Sarah B Wheatland (fl 1950), natural historian. "A TURNING POINT, NOT ONLY IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE, BUT IN THE HISTORY OF IDEAS IN GENERAL" (DSB) First edition, and A FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COPY, of a book that changed the world, in which Darwin explained a theory of evolution that was recognisably superior and of infinitely greater impact than all previous hypotheses explaining biological diversity. Although some key observations and findings from the voyage of the Beagle acted as his initial inspiration, Darwin's ideas about the beneficial mutation of species did not cohere into the theory of evolution until his reading of Thomas Malthus's 'Essay on the Principle of Population' in the latter half of 1838. The theory which Malthus applied to humans made it clear to him that with species in general competition left only the best adapted to biological life. While the randomness of the process made it irreconcilable with higher design, Darwin nevertheless treated nature anthropomorphically "as a sort of omnipotent breeder who selected the most useful traits" (Adrian Desmond, James Moore and Janet Browne in ODNB). Before moving to Down House, Darwin wrote a 35-page sketch of his evolutionary theory, completed in June 1842. By February 1844 he had converted this into a coherent 231-page essay. There was then a considerable break until late in 1854 when, having finished his barnacle volumes, Darwin returned to collating his notes on species. On 14 May 1856, after consulting Charles Lyell, Darwin began writing an extended treatise aimed at his peers. By March 1858 "Natural Selection" was two thirds complete at 250,000 words, the whole book projected to run to three volumes. Then in June 1858 Darwin received a letter about evolution from Alfred Russell Wallace, who had arrived at similar conclusions independently. This led to papers on the subject by both scientists being read to the Linnean Society of London on 1 July. To stay ahead of the field Darwin had now to publish more rapidly. Urged on by Hooker, he wrote an "abstract" of "Natural Selection," finishing a manuscript of 155,000 words in April 1859. "The book, stripped of references and academic paraphernalia, was aimed not at the specialists, but directly at the reading public." Finally published as "On The Origin of Species" on 24 November 1859 in a print run of 1250 copies, it expounded a theory of evolution that was recognisably superior and of infinitely greater impact than all previous hypotheses explaining biological diversity. With "species" mispelled "speceies" on page 20, with the whale-bear story in full on page 184. Dibner Heralds of Science 199; Heirs of Hippocrates 1724; Freeman 373; Garrison-Morton (1991) 220; Grolier Science 23b; Norman 593; PMM 344b; Sparrow Milestones 49; Waller 10786. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib599
Book Description: London John Murray, 1859. First Edition, First Issue In the Original Cloth DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. London: John Murray, 1859. First edition first issue. With two quotations on p. [ii]. Octavo. ix[x], 2-502, 32 pp. Publisher's advertisements dated June 1859. One folding diagram. Original green cloth decoratively stamped in blind on covers, hinges expertly repaired. Spine decorated and lettered in gilt (Freeman variant "a"). Extremities and corners slightly rubbed. With binder's ticket of Edmonds & Remnants of London on back pastedown. Contemporary bookplate of John Clerk with his signature dated "Jun. 1859" on front pastedown and Roberto Salinas Price Bookplate on front free endpaper. With the sticker on the rear endpaper bound by Edmonds and Remnants, London. Overall, a very good copy of Darwin's greatest achievement that created a revolution in biology and in almost every department of thought. Housed in a full green morocco clamshell case. One of the most influential scientific works of the nineteenth century, On the Origin of Species was (and still is) one of the most controversial. In it "Darwin not only drew an entirely new picture of the workings of organic nature; he revolutionized our methods of thinking and our outlook on the natural order of things. The recognition that constant change is the order of the universe had been finally established and a vast step forward in the uniformity of nature had been taken" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Freeman 373. Garrison-Morton 220. PMM 344b. HBS 66472. $160,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66472
Book Description: John Murray, London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. ix, [i], 502 pp. With 1 folding plate. Half-morocco over marbled boards of the period. An excellent copy inscribed by Leonard Darwin, Charles Darwin's son, with related material bound in at the end, including a 2-page letter signed by Darwin, and an unrecorded offprint of a paper on Darwin's work. Preserved in a half-morocco solander box (see provenance). Bookseller Inventory # 13831
NARRATIVE OF THE SURVEYING VOYAGES OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS ADVENTURE AND BEAGLE Between the Years 1826 and 1836 , Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America , and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe
Book Description: Henry Colburn, Great Marlborough Street, London, 1839. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. Boards with light rubbing to extremities but in lovely shape for its age ; 3 volume set and appendix in separate book. Vol. I: Proceedings of the first expedition, 1826 - 1830, under the command of Captain P. Parker King. Vol. II: Proceedings of the second expedition, 1831 - 1836, under the command of Captain Robert Fitz-Roy, Vol. III: Journal and Remarks. 1832 - 1836, by Charles Darwin, Appendix to the second volume in separate book. - Original dark green boards with blindstamped decoration. Maps in front pockets of each volume. This is the official account of the most famous nineteenth century naval exploring expedition, of which Darwin's contribution amounts to the entire third volume of the work. This third volume is here in its very first issue and includes all Darwin's observations made during the expedition. Darwin's volume is twenty years before he published one of the most influential books ever written, "Origin of Species"; 8vo; xxiii, 597; xiv, 694; xiv, 615; 352, 16 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 12568
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe.
Book Description: Henry Colburn, London, 1839. First edition. First issue. Three volumes and the separately bound appendix to volume 2. 8vo. xxviii, (4), "597" [= 601]; xiv, (2), 694, (2); viii, 352; xiv, "615" [= 638] pp. With 8 folded engraved charts and maps loose in pockets in the bindings, 1 folding and 2 full-page engraved charts and maps, 1 full-page engraved diagram, 44 full-page plates with engraved views, and 6 wood-engravings in the text. With 44 lithographed plates, most with tissue guards, 4 charts and maps inserted, 8 charts and maps loose in cover pockets, text woodcuts. Original cloth; upper back skillfully repaired, fore edge waterstain to vol. 2 frontispiece, plate unaffected, otherwise interiors especially clean. Overall an excellent set First edition, first issue recording the historic voyage of the Beagle, including Darwin's Journal which forms the third volume of the Narrative. This set is of great rarity; it contains Darwin's first published book, the beginning of a whole new conception of the origin and evolution of the various species of life on earth. Captain Robert Fitzroy (1805-1865) commanded the five-year expedition, during which time the Beagle visited Brazil, Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Chili, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries and islands on the way. Darwin's account of the voyage is one of the most important records of natural history exploration ever written, and provided a foundation for the entire structure of modern biology. Bookseller Inventory # 13828
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majestys Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the Years 1826 and 1836, describing their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagles Circumnavigation of the Globe.
Book Description: London, Henry Colburn, 1839. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe. London, Henry Colburn, 1839. 4 volumes in large 8vo. I: xxviii p + f + 597p; II: xiv p + f + 694p + f; III: xiv + 615p; IV: viii + 352p. 9 folding engraved maps and charts by J. Gardner and J. and C. Walker; 46 lithographed plates and charts after P. King, A. Earle, C. Martens, R. Fitzroy etc. Contemporary dark green morocco,gilt,top edges gilt; very lightly worn. First edition of the joint official report on a scientific voyage to Cape Horn. Its inclusion of Darwins first published book with its contributions on natural history made it a bestseller. It was on this voyage that Darwin prepared for his lifework, ultimately leading to The Origin of Species. Volume I contains Kings account of the first expedition which surveyed the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. It also includes a description of Rio de Janeiro and 2 views (Borba de Moraes I, p247). King commanded this expedition in the Adventure, accompanied by the Beagle, first under Stokes and after his death by Fitzroy. The remaining volumes describe the second voyage of the Beagle which visited Brazil, Argentina, Chile, the Galápagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries along the way. Fitzroys account is contained in Volume II with a separate appendix comprising a meteorological journal, etc. Volume III contains Darwins observations as naturalist to Captain Fitzroy on the Beagle : his comments on the birds of the Galápagos Islands anticipating his future inquiries into evolution. The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwins intellectual life and in the history of biological science (DSB). A very handsome set in attractive contemporary bindings; light offsetting to titles, otherwise remarkably clean throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 5687
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
Book Description: London: John Murray, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition, with the two quotations on p.[ii], the 32 pp. catalogue at the rear dated June 1859, in binding variant a. ix,502pp., folding diagram, +32pp. publisher's catalogue. Publisher's blind-stamped green cloth binding with gilt lettering and decoration on spine. 20.7x13.1cm. Some minor ink splodges to the rear board. Half title page and title page light soiled. Red pencil underlined to 4 lines of page vi, and small ink mark to page ix. This is a handsome copy that has been carefully and sensitively restored: Some leaves and the folding table have been almost invisibly reenforced at the inside edge (see p.183/4 for an example), and a few other leaves have some short or shallow paper repairs at edges (see pp.41-44, 201-208). After further repairs to the endpapers, fly leaves, half-title, and title page, the bookblock was skillfully recased. It is now a sound and attractive copy.One of the most important books ever published. Controversial and influential since its release, this is Darwin's greatest work. The whole edition of 1250 copies was sold on the day of publication. Garrison considered this "the most wonderful piece of synthesis in the history of science." (Freeman 373; Hairs of Hippocrates 1724; Garrison Morton 220; Waller 10876). Bookseller Inventory # 01776-101851
Autograph letter, signed, to Darwins American publisher Appleton & Co. discussing the need for a new American edition of the Origin, incorporating the latest revisions and additions
Book Description: Down, Beckenham, 24 November 1869, 1869. 4 pages, 8vo (203 x 128 mm), ink on paper, small loss of blank corner margin, creases from posting. £37,500A fine and substantial autograph letter to an unnamed person at Appleton & Co., Darwins American publishers. Darwin is anxious for them to bring out a new American edition of the Origin, incorporating corrections and additions since the second edition of 1860, as it is 92 pages longer than the 2nd. edition, besides endless small though important corrections. He states his belief that the continued large sale of this book in England Germany & France has depended on my keeping up each edition to the existing standard of science, and threatens that if Appleton is unable to comply he will ask Asa Gray to find another publisher. He also threatens that he will not give Appleton his new book (i.e. The Descent of Man) unless they agree to a new edition of the Origin. In the event, Appleton published a new edition in 1870 as Darwin had demanded (note that their 1869 edition was just a reprint of their 1860 edition), and published the first American edition of The Descent of Man in 1871.Provenance: Sothebys 21 May 1968 to Ralph Colp, JrDarwin Correspondence Project 7007 (partial transcription) Language: en. Bookseller Inventory # 3574
NARRATIVE OF THE SURVEYING VOYAGES OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS ADVENTURE AND BEAGLE, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1826 AND 1836, DESCRIBING THEIR EXAMINATION OF THE SOUTHERN SHORES OF SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE BEAGLE'S CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE GLOBE.
Book Description: London: Henry Colburn, 1839., 1839. Four volumes, including appendix volume. xxviii,,597,24; xiv,,694,; xiv,615,16; viii,352pp, including half titles in three primary volumes; plus forty-six plates (including two frontispieces), one plan, and ten maps and charts (nine folding). Original green publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Cloth on the first two volumes lightly sunned; spine lightly faded on the fourth volume. Corners lightly rubbed. Light scattered foxing and soiling, some slight offsetting. Several leaves loosening in the second volume. Overall, a very good to near fine set, in the original binding. First issue of the first, second, and fourth volumes, with the second issue of the third volume. The account of the Beagle's two voyages, edited by Robert Fitzroy, who served as commander of both voyages. The third volume of this work represents the first edition (second issue) of Darwin's account of the voyage, which provided the basis for his ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, found here in its second issue entitled, JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES INTO THE GEOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS COUNTRIES VISITED BY H.M.S. BEAGLE. "The third volume contains Darwin's account of the voyage, now famous as the genesis of his theory of evolutionary biology. The demand for Darwin's JOURNAL immediately exceeded that for the companion volumes of the NARRATIVE. Colburn therefore brought out a separate edition of it in the same year" - Hill. Freeman notes that Darwin's "first published book is undoubtedly the most often read and stands second only to ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES as the most often printed. It is an important travel book in its own right and its relation to the background of his evolutionary ideas has often been stressed." The first volume contains Captain King's account of the first coastal surveys of Patagonia and Terra del Fuego, produced on the first expedition between 1826 and 1830. The other volumes comprise the account of the second voyage of the Beagle. Between 1831 and 1836 the ship visited Brazil, Argentina, Terra del Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia. The appendix to the second volume, bound here as the fourth volume of this set, includes a meteorological journal, official instructions, correspondence, and notes. Four of the six plates in the appendix volume consist of sixteen separate illustrations of various cloud formations. An attractive set of a landmark of scientific exploration, one of the most important Pacific voyages, and Darwin's first substantial book publication. HILL 607. FREEMAN 10, pp.31-39. BORBA DE MORAES, p.247. SABIN 37826. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 43209
Book Description: John Murray, London, 1859. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. ix , 502 pp., 1 folding diagram; 32 pp. of publisher's catalogue (Freeman variant c). Early 20th century full morocco, green morocco label, spine gilt, top edge with color cut, other edges uncut, marbled endpapers. Old ownership inscription in faint ink to top margin of title page. Very minor foxing in places. A very beautiful copy ---- PMM 344b; Horblit 23b; Sparrow 49; Dibner 199; Freeman 373; Garrison-M. 220; Norman 594. - FIRST EDITION OF "THE MOST INFLUENTIAL SCIENTIFIC WORK OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. Its publication aroused world-wide criticism and controversy, both religious and scientific" (Grolier/Horblit). The whole edition of 1250 copies was sold on the day of publication. Though the work was initially prompted by observations, made during his travels aboard the Beagle from 1831 to 1836, of the biology and geology of isolated islands, Darwin spent nearly 25 years after his return to England accumulating evidence and considering his theory before publishing. "Although the theory of evolution can be traced to the ancient Greek belief in the 'great chain of being,' Darwin's greatest achievement was to make this centuries-old 'underground' concept acceptable to the scientific community by cogently arguing for the existence of a viable mechanism -- natural selection -- by which new species evolve over vast periods of time. Darwin's influence on biology was fundamental and continues to be felt today" (Garrison-Morton). Bookseller Inventory # 001674
Book Description: Downe, Bromley, Kent, February 9, 1868, 1868. Autograph letter signed. Double-sided single sheet of notepaper. Slight creases from folding. £28,500An important unpublished and unknown letter from Darwin to his best advocate, the Harvard botanist Asa Gray, discussing the publication of The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (1868). It also sheds a new light on the relationship of the Variation to the Origin and confirms that the Variation was largely composed as part of Darwins big species book before the Origin. It comprised in fact the first two chapters of the manuscript.The present letter is addressed from Downe House on February 9 of 1868, only a few weeks after the January publication of The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. Beginning in October 1867 Darwin had sent proof sheets of the first volume of the Variation to Gray. Gray arranged the American publication of the work, and also wrote a preface to the American edition. The Variation was originally part of Darwins big book on evolution, of which the Origin was a hastily written abstract. The Variation was the first work presenting some of the wealth of detailed evidence Darwin had collected in support of his theory.Darwin writes, My dear Gray, Last August you gave me Dr. Buttericks address simply "New York" & to day the letter despatched in September has been returned to me, as "not found". As I do not like that he should think me uncourteous & ungrateful, will you address & forward the enclosed, though it is in itself not worth sending. I despatched about 2 or 3 weeks ago the last sheets, titles &c of my Book [the Variation]. I have become fairly disgusted with it, but yesterday I heard the whole edition of 1500 copies was sold in a week! & a new edition is to be printed in a fortnight, so urgent is the demand. Unfortunate people, they clearly do not know what they are eager for. The book has been an inhuman labour to me & I have the greatest doubt whether it is worth a half or a quarter of the labour. Anyhow it will show to the public that I did not speak out without having worked out my subject almost all the chapters were partially & some fully written before I published the Origin If you can help me about expression, pray give any [three illegible words] My dear Gray yours most sincerely, C. Darwin. [P. S.] We have been so much pleased at our second son being second Wrangler at our Cambridge, which signifies proper mathematical knowledge & talent. .As Darwin makes clear in the letter, much of the material published in The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication had been gathered and written-up during his decades-long investigations into natural selection, and the book formed an important companion volume to The Origin of Species, as well as the jumping-off point for his later book, The Descent of Man. A wonderfully intimate letter, combining both the personal and professional, to an important friend and colleague, which provides a window onto Darwin's working process, publication history, and emotions regarding one of his most important books.Although we have letters from Asa Gray in reply to Darwin from this period, there are no recorded letters for the crucial period of the publication of the Variation, until the discovery of the present letter.Asa Gray (1810-1888) was one of the leading American biologists of the nineteenth-century, and was introduced to Darwin through Joseph Hooker, the head of Kew Gardens. The two became friends and lifelong correspondents, and Gray served as one of Darwin's most important sources of plant specimens. He was also one of the first to whom Darwin confided his theory of evolution by natural selection, and an 1857 letter from Darwin to Gray was used as evidence of intellectual priority when his and Wallace's papers were read at the Royal Society. Despite remaining a Christian, Gray was a firm supporter of Darwin's theories, and was responsible for arranging the US publication of The Origin of Species.Not in th. Bookseller Inventory # 3684
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, Between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe
Book Description: Henry Colborn, London, 1839. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Three volumes in four (including Appendix to the second volume), octavo, with 48 etched and engraved plates and charts (one folding) after P.P. King, R. Fitzroy, A. Earle, C. Martens, T. Landseer, and others, eight folding engraved maps, six text woodcuts, half-titles in volumes 1-3 (none called for in the Appendix). Occasional spotting, the voyage narrative and appendix in matching contemporary half calf (rubbed) and marbled boards, the Darwin journal in sympathetic but non-matching contemporary half calf with spine decorations and marbled boards. London, Henry Colburn, 1839. First edition: Charles Darwin's first book, Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by H.M.S. Beagle. The first two volumes and appendix of this complete set comprise the official commanders' narratives of the proceedings of the two expeditions, 1826 - 1830 under the command of Captain P. Parker King, and 1831 - 1836 under the command of Captain Robert Fitz-Roy. The Voyage of the Beagle is generally regarded as scientifically and intellectually the most important travel book of all time, providing the evidence for what would become Darwin's life-long quest to uncover the processes of evolution that has had such a profound effect on mankind in all spheres of human activity. For Darwin himself the voyage of the Beagle was "by far the most important event in my life, and has determined my whole career" (Life and Letters). As is usual with copies of the complete work sold by Colburn from late 1839 the Darwin volume is in the second state with an expanded title and without reference to its being the third volume of the complete narrative. Within a short time of publication Colburn was advertising the King and Fitzroy narrative as available in two volumes, quite separate from the Darwin journal which had been sold under its expanded title from at least August 1839. Offered with: 'The Darwin Experience', by John Van Wyhe with 27 rare removable facsimile documents of historical significance, National Geographic Society, 2008, pp 64, mint and, 'Darwin's Notebook', compiled by J Clements, Running Press, 2009, mint. Bookseller Inventory # 002438
Book Description: Studio of Oscar Gustave Rejlander, 1871. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Fine. 4 x 2 1/2 inches. Original Carte de visite portrait of an older Charles Darwin in profile by noted Swedish/British photographer and Darwin collaborator (The Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals, 1872) Oscar Gustave Rejlander. The portrait is firmly and neatly signed on bottom center beneath the portrait by Darwin by the great man himself, and is signed in full by Rejlander on verso with his London studio address, 1 Albert Mansions, Victoria Street S.W. The carte de visite is also annotated on verso by American theologian Francis Ellingwood Abbot, "Received June 12, 1871 at Toledo, O. from Mr. Darwin in a private letter dated May 27." The Darwin/Abbot correspondence is at Harvard and includes the original letter from Darwin to Abbot in which he mentions sending along the Carte de visite as a token of his esteem and appreciation. "Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836-1903) was a founder of the Free Religious Association and first editor of the radical journal, the Index. He developed an evolutionary philosophy of science and yearned to free humankind from pre-scientific religions, believing that people could escape the trap of agnosticism by adopting his vision of free religion." As such, Abbot was one of the first influential American supporters of Darwin's then radical ideas. A spectacular artifact in superb condition with exceptional association value and impeccable provenance. Darwin was a photography enthusiast. This is evident not only in his use of photography for the study of Expression and Emotions in Man and Animal, but can be witnessed in his many photographic portraits and in the extensive portrait correspondence that Darwin undertook throughout his lifetime. His close friend and botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker would come to call Darwins epistolary exchange of photographic images as his "carte correspondence". Hooker was jokingly lamenting his role as an intermediary for Darwin and his correspondents from around the globe in their exchange of carte-de-visites, or small photographic prints made in large numbers and printed on hard card for ease of exchange. While collecting photographic portraits of friends and relatives was not a pursuit unique to Darwin (the exchange of photographic images was a popular activity for many Victorians), when placed in the context of Darwins correspondence more broadly, we can see an interesting trend. When Darwin sent his photograph to a close ally, such as the Harvard botanist Asa Gray, or when he was given a photograph as a token of esteem by a colleague, such as Daniel Oliver at Kew, the image became more than just a physical reminder of likeness. It performed the same function that his correspondence as a whole did for him; it created and reinforced his experimental and scientific network. One of his correspondents was Oscar Rejlander, a well-known London-based photographer born in Sweden who integrated theater, classical art and photographic dexterity in all his work. Rejlander produced a number of photographs for Darwin of various forms of expression, the most famous of which was crying baby, later dubbed by the Victorian press as 'Ginx's Baby'. Rejlander also took the opportunity to make some portraits of Darwin. These turned out to be, in Darwins own estimation, "The best photographs of me". Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 1017
Autograph letter signed, to the ornithologist and artist John Gould concerning Goulds illustrations for the Birds volume of the Zoology of the Beagle. [36 Great Marlborough Street, London] February 1838
Book Description: 1838. 3 pages, 8vo (182 x 117 mm), addressed in ink to Mr. Gould and docketed Charles Darwin Feb. 1838, traces of red wax seal, slight damage to signature from opening of seal, edges a bit browned, creases from posting. £27500.00An important early letter to the ornithological artist John Gould concerning the illustrations for the Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (1838-43). It is now known that Darwin did not fully realise the significance of the inter-island speciation of the Galapagos finches until Gould studied Darwins specimens; in fact, Darwin had not been diligent in recording the exact island locations for his specimens. John Gould (1804-81) was the outstanding ornithological artist of his day and was commissioned to describe the birds and draw the plates, 50 in number, for the Birds volume of the Zoology. His drawings were transferred to the lithographic stones by his wife, as stated on a printed note to the beginning of the plates: The accompanying illustrations, which are fifty in number, were taken from sketches made by Mr. Gould himself, and executed in stone by Mrs. Gould. The publisher of the volumes was Smith, Elder & Co. The colouring was executed by Bayfield, who at the time was principal colourist for John Gould. The text was begun by Gould and completed by George Robert Gray. The letter reads as follows:My dear SirI have just seen my publisher. We have fixed to have fifty plates of birds, so will you at once take into consideration which are most worthy being done.Will you also oblige me by the favour of seeing Bayfield, & see whether he will undertake the birds (which are chiefly small ones) at something less than 5d a piece, as it is rather more than our estimate calculated upon.If he would also undertake my quadrupeds I should be very glad. There will be about 28 plates, chiefly small animals. See if you cannot make for me some kind of agreement to take the whole at something under 5d.It will be rendering me a very great assistance if you can effect thisYours most truly | Chas DarwinDarwin Correspondence Project 401 Language: en. Bookseller Inventory # 3562
Book Description: A fine four-page autograph letter signed by Charles Darwin, March 15th  to Sir Edwin Lankester. Darwin opens by offering his compliments on Lankesters book, presumably On Comparative Longevity in Man and the Lower Animals, a publication that Darwin mentions in his Descent of Man as having influenced him. He writes, "(I) cant resist telling you how the whole has much interested me. No doubt, as you say, there must be much speculation on such a subject, and certain results cannot be reached, but all your views are highly suggestive, and to my mind that is high praise. I have been all the more interested as I am now writing on closely allied though not quite identical points. I was pleased to see you refer to my much despised child, Pangenesis, who, I think, will some day under some better nurse turn out a fine stripling. It has also pleased me to see how thoroughly you appreciate (and I do not think that this is general with the men of science) H. Spencer; I suspect that hereafter he will be looked at as by far the greatest living philosopher in England; perhaps equal to any that have lived. But I have no business to trouble you with my notions. With sincere thanks for the interest which your work has given me, I remain, yours very faithfully, Ch. Darwin." In very fine condition. Darwin introduced his pangenesis theory in 1868, speculating about the existence of heredity particles (gemmules) that could be transmitted from parent to offspring. In The Descent of Man, Darwin was to elaborate further on this theory, by defining two important elements in heredity, namely the transmission and development of inherited characteristics. Whilst the theory was to be later replaced by Mendels Law of Inheritance, some elements of Darwins original theory are considered still relevant to those aspects of heredity that are inherited in a non-Menelian manner such as DNA, RNA, proteins, prions, and other mobile elements. Darwin himself noted that "the existence of free gemmules is a gratuitous assumption". Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903) is best-known for coining the phrase survival of the fittest after reading Darwins Origin of Species, though Spencer had himself already by this time put together his own theory of evolution. Bookseller Inventory # 000231
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the Years 1826 and 1836, describing their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe.
Book Description: London: Henry Colburn, 1839, 1839. Octavo (233 × 140 mm) 3 volumes in 4 (vols. IIII and Appendix to vol. II). Attractive modern green half calf on marbled boards to style, double red morocco lettering pieces, flat bands reeded in gilt, repeated undulant pallet in blind filling the compartments, tan endpapers. A wide-margined and generally clean set, some marginal foxing, particularly to the plates, which show off-set to the tissue-guards as usual, but overall a very good and handsomely presented set. 9 folding engraved maps by J. Gardner and J. and C. Walker; 47 etched plates after P. King, A. Earle, C. Martens, R. Fitzroy and others by T. Landseer, S. Bull, T. Prior and others. First edition. "The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwin's intellectual life and in the history of biological science" (DSB). Vol. I contains King's account of the expedition in the Adventure made between 1826 and 1830, surveying the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. In Vol. II (and its appendix volume) Capt. Fitzroy described the narrative of the Beagle's second voyage, between 1831 and 1836 to South America, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia and other countries. In this set, the Darwin volume, "Journal and Remarks 1832-1836", is the first issue, printed before the end of January 1839, the month he was elected to the Royal Society, and so without the letters F.R.S. after his name on the second title. Freeman 10; Hill I, pp. 1045; Sabin 37826. Bookseller Inventory # 80586
Book Description: Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1846. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. vii, [i] (directions for the binder and errata), 279,  (publishers advertisements) pp. With 1 folding map and 5 folding plates (1 hand-coloured). Half-calf over marbled boards; a fine copy. First edition. When Darwin sailed on the Beagle, he had with him the first volume of Lyells Principles of geology, which advanced a gradualist theory of geological evolution through elevation, subsidence and erosion over an immense period of time, contrary to the dominant catastrophist theory of sudden upheaval. Darwin was able to interpret the geology of South America according to Lyells principles, and his book offered the first adequate geological investigation of the continent. His "demonstration of the origin of metamorphic rocks by deformation and of the distinction between cleavage and sedimentary bedding was a major contribution to geology" (DSB). He also worked out an accurate model for fossil formation, from which he demonstrated the erratic and incomplete nature of the fossil record. Bookseller Inventory # 14204
Book Description: D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1876. Half title + TP + [v]-vi = Preface to the Second Edition + [vii]-ix = Table of Corrections + [xi]xvi = Contents + 1-688 + - = Publisher's ads + 1 blank leaf. Octavo. Second Edition, Early American Issue.A Rare Inscribed Copy of "Descent of Man" - in Darwin's HandThe First Use of the Word "Evolution" in Any of His WritingsInscribed by Darwin to "Mrs(?) Clarks(?) / with the author's / affectionate regards. / Ch. Darwin"Almost all presentation copies of Darwin's books are signed by the publisher's secretary. This copy presents an extremely rare example of Darwin signing a book himself. After "On the Origin of Species" (1859), this is Darwin's most important work. Having very carefully sidestepped the issue of human evolution in "Origin," Darwin waited twelve years before tackling the issue in this book which was first published in England in 1871. Having made the commitment of presenting his ideas on the subject, Darwin applied evolutionary theory to human evolution while providing further details on his theory of sexual selection. In addition, the book addresses many related issues, including evolutionary psychology, evolutionary ethics, the differences between the human races, the differences between the sexes, the superiority of men to women, and the relevance of the evolutionary theory to society as a whole. The word "evolution" appears for the first time in any of Darwin's writings on page 2 of this book. Descent went through a large number of revised editions, many of which Darwin edited himself. Some edits were minor, and some extensive. In late 11873, Darwin tackled a new edition of the Descent of Man. Initially, he offered the self-employed Wallace the work of assisting him, for which Wallace quoted a rate of seven shillings an hour. But, when Emma found out, she had the task given to their son George, so Darwin had to write apologetically to Wallace. Huxley assisted with an update on ape-brain inheritance, which Huxley thought "pounds the enemy into a jelly. though none but anatomists" would know it. The manuscript was completed in April 1874. Murray planned a 12-shilling half-price edition to replicate the success of the cheap revision of the Origin. The second edition was published on 13 November 1874 with the price cut to the bone at 9 shillings. It was generally the edition most commonly reprinted after Darwin's death and to the present. Publisher's original terracotta cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and decorated with black designs on the covers. Lightly used but a beautifully preserved copy nonetheless. Comes a custom clamshell box. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. SECOND EDITION, Early American Issue - INSCRIBED by Darwin. Bookseller Inventory # 648
Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe.
Book Description: London Henry Colburn, 1839. Three volumes in 4 (vols I-III and Appendix to vol II), 8vo., 9 folding engraved maps by J. Gardner and J. and C. Walker; 47 etched plates after P. King, A. Earle, C. Martens, R. Fitzroy and others, modern half calf over old marbled boards, marbled edges, occasional light foxing. An excellent example of the first edition of Darwin's first published book, also his most widely read, and the account of probably the most important of all nineteenth century voyages, for it was on this voyage that Darwin prepared for his lifework, ultimately leading to "The Origin of Species". Volume I contains King's account of the first expedition which surveyed the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. He commanded this expedition in the "Adventure", accompanied by the "Beagle", first under Stokes and after his death by Fitzroy. The remaining volumes describe the second voyage of the "Beagle" which visited Brazil, Argentina, Chile, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries along the way. Fitzroy's account is contained in volume II with a separate appendix comprising a meteorological journal etc. Volume III is Darwin's account. "The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwin's intellectual life and in the history of biological science" (DSB). Freeman 10; Hill 1, pp104-105; Norman 584; Sabin 37826. Bookseller Inventory # 87682
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majestys Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagles Circumnavigation of the Globe.
Book Description: Hard cover. 56 plates & maps (some folding). Four vols. 8vo, orig. green cloth (very careful repairs to hinges & joints, Vol. III well-rebacked with orig. spine laid-down), spines lettered in gilt. London: H. Colburn, 1839. First edition of the full narrative of one of the greatest marine surveys of the 19th century. "The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwins intellectual life and in the history of biological sciences. Darwin sailed with no formal scientific training. He returned a hard-headed man of science, knowing the importance of evidence, almost convinced that species had not always been as they were since the creation but had undergone change. He also developed doubts of the value of the Scriptures as a trustworthy guide to the history of the earth and of man, with the result that he gradually became an agnostic. The experiences of his five years in the Beagle, how he dealt with them, and what they led to, built up into a process of epoch-making importance in the history of thought."D.S.B., III, p. 566. In this set, the third volume with Darwins contributions, is the first separate edition, also issued in 1839. It bears the bookplate and signature, dated 1840, of Robert James Shuttleworth (1810-74), the famous botanist and conchologist. Very good set. ? Freeman 10 & 11. Bookseller Inventory # JHABES3121
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of the Adventure and the Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe
Book Description: London: Henry Colburn, 1839., 1839. 4 volumes 8vo., (9 x 5 6/8 inches). (Without the half-title in volume one). 47 engraved plates (spotted and a bit browned) and 9 folding maps by J. Gardner and J. and C. Walker, including one loose in pocket at end of volume II (one or two repairs at folds). Modern full navy morocco, gilt. Provenance: with the faint penciled ownership inscription of Rev. John Allen Wedgwood (1796-1882), who officiated at the wedding of his cousins Emma Wedgewood and Charles Darwin in 1839, on the half-title of volume III. "IT DETERMINED MY WHOLE CAREER" (Darwin) First edition, first issue of volume III, which is Darwin's "Journal and Remarks 1832-1836", and his first printed book, and a pleasing association copy. This celebrated voyage, which lasted five years, was the "key formative event in Darwin's life. It 'determined my whole career' (Autobiography, 76), giving him an unrivalled opportunity to make observations, collect animals and plants, and explore some of the most beautiful, desolate, and isolated places in the world. Under FitzRoy the voyage's objectives extended to include geophysical measurements, and the 'Beagle' was equipped with a variety of instruments and devices, including a lightning conductor and a large number of marine chronometers for measuring longitude. The Admiralty intended the officers to make a chain of exceptionally accurate measurements round the globe. The ship also carried out trials on Beaufort's wind scale" (Desmond, Moore, and Browne). Between 1832 and 1836 the 'Beagle' visited the Cape Verde Islands, Brazil, Montevideo and Buenos Aires, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands, Patagonia, the west coast of South America (Chiloé, Valparaíso, Lima), most famously the Galápagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia (Sydney, Tasmania, King George's Sound), the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Mauritius, Cape Town, and St Helena and Ascension. In all these places Darwin collected a vast numbers of specimens: insects, birds, molluscs, small vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants, meticulously recording their provenance, appearance, and behaviour in his notebooks and diaries. Of these the specimens the greatest and most important by far became the birds from the Galápagos Islands, which the ornithologist and artist John Gould helped Darwin to classify on his return to England. The similarities and differences between the species inhabiting different islands, and between the island species and those of continental South America, gave rise to Darwin's initial thoughts on the possibility of transmutation of characteristics in species, and represents to history the origin of his revolutionary and controversial theories of evolution. Freeman 10; Hill I pp 104-5; Norman 584; Sabin 37826. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr162
Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle.
Book Description: Henry Colburn, London, 1839. Voyage of the Beagle--Darwin's First Published BookDarwin, Charles (1809-82). Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H. M. S. Beagle . . . [i-iv], [vii] viii-xiv, 615pp. plus pp. 609-629 addenda; 16-page publisher's catalogue dated August 1839. 2 folding maps, 4 text wood-engravings. London: Henry Colburn, 1839. 235 x 146 mm. Original plum cloth (Freeman binding b), minor fading and spotting, spine skillfully and subtly repaired. Edges of first folding map a bit frayed, minor foxing, but fine otherwise. 19th century owner's name partly erased from front pastedown. Bookseller Inventory # 41456
Geological Observations on South America. Being the Third Part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the Command of Capt. Fitzroy, R.N. During the Years 1832 to 1836.
Book Description: Hard cover. One folding map, five folding plates (one is lithographed & colored, the others are engraved), & diagrams in the text. vii, , 279,  pp.; 32 pp. of ads dated July 1846. 8vo, orig. purple blindstamped cloth (well-rebacked with the orig. spine neatly laid-down, new but sympathetic endpapers). London: Smith, Elder, 1846. First edition. Darwins observations in South America demonstrated that the age of the earth must be vastly greater than was currently imagined. A very good copy of a book which is now scarce. Minor foxing. The colored lithographed plate is slightly soiled and the others are very slightly soiled at outer margins. ? Freeman 273. Bookseller Inventory # JHABES3061
Book Description: A fine one-page autograph letter signed by Charles Darwin, 6th February (1873) to Italian scientist Enrico Giglioli. In full, "Dear Sir, I am very much obliged to you for your kindness in having sent me your studies on the skull of a chimpanzee. This subject is most important and interesting; but I grieve to say that I cannot read Italian; I will, however, get my wife to translate parts to me. With all my best thanks and all good wishes, I remain, Dear Sir, Yours very faithfully, Ch. Darwin". In very fine condition. Enrico Giglioli was an Italian zoologist and anthropologist. Darwins Origin of Species (1859) spurred much scientific interest in chimpanzees, which led eventually to numerous studies of the animals in the wild and captivity, with the observers mainly interested in behaviour as it related to that of humans. Rare and desirable in this format. Bookseller Inventory # 000156
Book Description: Pub. Colburn, London. 1839, 1839. 4 volumes. Volumes I, II and II Appendix as in Freeman 10 and Volume III as in Freeman 11. Eight fold-out maps as called for in Freeman; some scattered foxing and professional repairs. The two maps in the Appendix volume are faithful facsimilies on old-paper which matches other maps in this set. This set greatly benefits from being in their original, much preferred bindings. Spines professionally relaid saving most of originals. Some scattered foxing to plates and text which is overall clean and in very good condition. Some pages uncut. Bindings in very good condition, bumped and rubbed to board in places. Overall a very good set of this scarce work. Bookseller Inventory # 44559
Book Description: London: John Murray, 1871, 1871. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spines gilt, sides with panels blocked in blind, blue coated endpapers. In a green cloth folding case. Ownership inscription to each front blank. Cloth very lightly rubbed, a lovely set. Engravings throughout. First edition, first issue with the errata on the verso of the title leaf of vol. II. Here the word "evolution" appears for the first time in any of Darwin's works, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species the following year. Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle the thorny question of human evolution, but was forced to face the logic of his own theory himself. Darwin deviated from his ostensible subject of mankind to describe sexual selection in the animal kingdom, enabling him to answer those who saw peacock tails as an expression of divine aesthetics. Darwin also set out a definite family tree for humans, tracing their affinity with the Old World monkeys, and laid out his views on the evolutionary origins of morality and religion. "The Descent, understood by Darwin as a sequel to the Origin, was written with a maturity and depth of learning that marked Darwin's status as an élite gentleman of science" (ODNB). Bookseller Inventory # 74294
Book Description: John Murray, UK, 1871. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. London: John Murray, 1871, 1871. 2 volumes, octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spines gilt, sides with panels blocked in blind, blue coated endpapers. The covers are in good condition and very secure - both spines have been professionally rebacked. Gilt nice and bright. There is a scuffing to the covers and the corners are a bit bumped, but with very little loss - a quite presentable set. The bindings are very tight and square having been repaired, strengthened and re-cased. Internally both volumes are very good indeed. The endpapers have been expertly reinforced with matching period paper - something that could well be missed without careful scrutiny. Previous owner name and notes, in light pencil, to the verso of the half-title (which could be easily erased). Some foxing to first and last few leaves of each volume, but the text pages are clean and bright throughout, with very little foxing that I can see and no previous ink marks. The original adverts are complete and dated January 1871. Cloth very lightly rubbed, a lovely set. Engravings throughout. First edition, first issue with the errata on the verso of the title leaf of vol. II. Here the word "evolution" appears for the first time in any of Darwin's works, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species the following year. Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle the thorny question of human evolution, but was forced to face the logic of his own theory himself. Darwin deviated from his ostensible subject of mankind to describe sexual selection in the animal kingdom, enabling him to answer those who saw peacock tails as an expression of divine aesthetics. Darwin also set out a definite family tree for humans, tracing their affinity with the Old World monkeys, and laid out his views on the evolutionary origins of morality and religion. "The Descent, understood by Darwin as a sequel to the Origin, was written with a maturity and depth of learning that marked Darwin's status as an élite gentleman of science" (ODNB). Housed in a custom-made collectors slipcase. Along with Darwins Origin of Species, one of the most important books in all of science, and thus, in all of human knowledge. Quite uncommon in the true first issue. Bookseller Inventory # 1308103
Book Description: No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. (with his uncommon full signature; "Charles Darwin") on plain letterhead, Down, Beckenham, Kent, June 19, 1876; 8vo; 2 pages (recto and verso); very good, fresh dark example. To James Orton: In part ". . .I am very much obliged to you for your great kindness in having send me the new edition of your work 'The Andes, etc.' which I see is much enlarged. I have no doubt that it will interest me as much as did the first edition. . .I have re-read with pride the dedication which is so honourable to me. You show wonderful spirit in going again to the Amazon. . ." Darwin writes this letter to naturalist James Orton, who modeled his 1870 and 1873 explorations of the Amazon on Darwin's researches. He dedicated the published account of the expedition, The Andes and the Amazon, to Darwin. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 608352
Book Description: Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1842. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. xii, 214 pp., plus 2 pages of other works published by the author and 16 pages publishers advertisements dating May 1842. With half-title, text woodcuts, 3 folding engraved maps by J. & C. Walker. Recent cloth, new endpapers; maps brittle. From the J.R. Loomis Collection with stamp on title. First edition of Darwins observations of reefs and atolls during the voyage of the Beagle. The three parts of Darwins Geology were published separately over a period of five years, but were intended, and described on their title pages, as parts of one work. This first volume contains Darwins theory of the formation of coral reefs. He hypothesized that atolls and barrier reefs were formed on gradually sinking land, while fringe reefs appeared on land undergoing elevation -- a theory that, with slight modifications, remains the accepted explanation for this marine phenomenon. The first of the three maps is hand-coloured in this copy (though not called for by Freeman); the second is also colour-coded, showing the distribution of the three sorts of coral reefs and of active volcanos in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean. Bookseller Inventory # 13834
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
Book Description: John Murray, London, 1860. SECOND EDITION. Half title [with three quotes and date on verso] + TP + [v]-ix = Contents + -502 + -32 = Publisher's Advertisements, [with folding diagram following page 116], Octavo. Second Edition, Second Issue, Freeman 376. "A TURNING POINT, NOT ONLY IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE, BUT IN THE HISTORY OF IDEAS IN GENERAL" (DSB)Is there even a single credible candidate for a more influential and important book that has been published in the past 150 years? (At one time, Das Kapital might have been a contender, but the days of its historical impact have now clearly come and gone.) In the meantime, Darwin's brilliant theory of evolution has had the most profound impact on almost every corner of our intellectual landscape and it provides the foundational perspective for our modern world view. Still readable and gripping, this world-historical text easily ranks among the most important books published since Gutenberg invented his printing press in the mid-1450s. In June of 1842, Darwin completed a 35-page sketch of his evolutionary theory. By February of 1844, he had converted this into a coherent 231-page essay. There was then a 10-year break until late in 1854 when, having finally finished his barnacle volumes, Darwin returned to collating his notes on the evolution of species. On 14 May 1856, after consulting Charles Lyell, he began writing an extended treatise aimed at his peers. By March of 1858 "Natural Selection" was two thirds complete at 250,000 words, the whole book projected to run to three volumes. Then in June of 1858, Darwin received a letter about evolution from Alfred Russell Wallace, who had arrived at similar conclusions independently. This led to papers on the subject by both scientists being read to the Linnean Society of London on July 1, 1858 (PMM 344a). To stay ahead of the field, Darwin now had to publish more rapidly. Urged on by Hooker, he wrote an "abstract" of "Natural Selection," finishing a manuscript of 155,000 words in April 1859. The book, stripped of references and academic paraphernalia, was aimed not at the specialists, but directly at the reading public. Finally published as The Origin of Species on 24 November 1859 with a print run of 1250 copies, it expounded a theory of evolution that was recognizably superior and of infinitely greater impact than all previous hypotheses in explaining biological diversity. The publisher, Murray, gave Darwin an advance copy early in November and presentation copies were sent out on November 11th or shortly thereafter. Only 1,192 of the 1,250 copies were available to the book trade and Darwin famously wrote to his friend, Lyell, on November 24, 1859: "This morning I heard also from Murray that he sold the whole edition the first day to the trade."In January of 1860, this second edition, identified as "Fifth Thousand" on the title page, was published and incorporating some of Darwin's corrections and changes. In beautifully preserved, original green cloth covers decorated blind stamp with a gilt spine [Freeman variant a - with the upright of "L" in London over the right-hand upright of "H" in John]. The covers are unusually well-preserved and bright in color although there is a small spot to the foredge of the front board and a small (1") tear to the front edge of the front board about 1" up from the bottom. This is a notoriously fragile book with a text block that is often damaged with handling. The text of this copy is in remarkably good shape. There are neat and light, occasional pencil marginalia on several pages throughout. A folding lithographic diagram by William West (after Darwin) is bound after page 116. The 32-page publisher's catalogue at the end is dated January 1860. With the small label of the Paris book dealer, Friedrich Klincksiech to the corner of the inside cover. The original binder's ticket has also been preserved on the rear pastedown. Overall, a very pretty copy of this book which is so often seen in less than stellar condition. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON R. Bookseller Inventory # 678
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