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DARWIN, Charles.

DARWIN, Charles.

Rare books by Charles Darwin, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Origin of the Species.

Charles Darwin (1809–1882) is the most significant proponent of the theory of evolution by natural selection. As a young man Darwin’s first position was naturalist aboard The Beagle during a circumnavigation spanning the years 1831–36. He took full advantage of the voyage, making important observations that would lead him to the theory of natural selection. 

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  1. 130580
    First separate edition, printed from the same sheets as Volume III of Fitzroy's Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, but with prelims i-iv cancelled and v-vi discarded. "His first published book is undoubtedly the most often read and stands second only to On the Origin of Species... Learn More
    £20,000

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  2. 120354
    First edition. This was the second of three "major geological works resulting from the voyage of the Beagle, and contains detailed geological descriptions of locations visited by Darwin... it provides valuable insights into one of the most important scientific voyages ever made" (Cambridge edition 2011). These three works... Learn More
    £22,500

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  3. 120407
    Third edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), issued in April 1861, one of 2,000 copies printed. The text was extensively altered, and a table is given of differences from the second edition, a feature that occurs in each subsequent Murray edition. The third edition is also notable for the... Learn More
    £4,750

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  4. 125367
    First edition, first issue, variant a. with 32 pages of inserted advertisements dated December 1861. Darwin's first book after the Origin of Species, this was the first of the volumes of supporting evidence and attributed the evolution of the symbiosis between flowers and insects to natural selection. Freeman estimates the... Learn More
    £3,750

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  5. 128813
    Second edition, fourth thousand. The text of the second edition was altered and significantly enlarged from the first, and includes a paper prepared for the first French edition of 1870 (the paper itself was published in 1869). Darwin's next book after the Origin, the first of the volumes of supporting evidence, attributing... Learn More
    £650

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  6. 121494
    Fourth edition of "the most important biological book ever written". "The fourth edition of 1866 was of 1,500 copies. It was again extensively altered, and it is in this one that the date of the first edition, as given on the verso of the half title, is corrected from October 1st to November 24th 1859" (Freeman). The 32... Learn More
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  7. 120216
    First edition, second issue, with the relevant issue points: one line erratum in volume I and the imprint on two lines. The second issue, consisting of of 1,250 copies, was published in February 1868 and the two issues have "considerable textual differences". Darwin refers to one of these in More Letters, "a story of the... Learn More
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  8. 123577
    First edition, first issue, with the relevant issue points as called for by Freeman. The first issue, consisting of 1,500 copies, was published in January 1868 and was followed by a second the next month. The majority of the work consists of details about artificial selection and domestication of animals and plants but it... Learn More
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  9. 120399
    Fifth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fifth edition of 1869 was of 2,000 copies and was again much revised. It is in this one that Darwin used the expression "the survival of the fittest", Herbert Spencer's term, for the first time; it appears first in the heading of Chapter IV"... Learn More
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  10. 125999
    Fifth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fifth edition of 1869 was of 2,000 copies and was again much revised. It is in this one that Darwin used the expression "the survival of the fittest", Herbert Spencer's term, for the first time; it appears first in the heading of Chapter IV"... Learn More
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  11. 87187
    First edition, second issue (with no errata on the title verso of vol. II). Learn More
    £975

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  12. 117907
    First US edition, later issue without errata. First published in the UK earlier that year, it was in this work that the word "evolution" appears for the first time, 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... Learn More
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  13. 130312
    First US edition, later issue without errata. First published in the UK earlier that year, it was in this work that the word "evolution" appears for the first time, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species in 1872. Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle the thorny question... Learn More
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  14. 119867
    Sixth edition, second issue, printed simultaneously with the first issue, which is marked as the "eleventh thousand" on the title page. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in... Learn More
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  15. 127700
    Sixth edition, fourth issue, marked, like the third issue of 1872, as the "thirteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this sixth edition subsequently featured a new chapter, chapter VII, as well as a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The... Learn More
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  16. 120375
    First edition, from the first impression of 1,000 copies. "These meticulous studies form a minor contribution to the evolutionary series by the study of the adaptations of such plants to impoverished conditions... The book was published on 2 July 1875, in a standard binding without inserted advertisements. It is stated that... Learn More
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  17. 129608
    First edition in book-form, styled "Second Edition Revised" as it was revised and enlarged from a paper published in the Journal of the Linnean Society in 1865. "In the autumn of 1864 I finished a long paper on Climbing Plants, and sent it to the Linnean Society. The writing of this paper cost me four months: but I was so... Learn More
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  18. 129931
    Sixth edition, fifth issue, marked as the "fifteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller... Learn More
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  19. 129932
    Sixth edition, fifth issue, marked as the "fifteenth thousand" on the title page. The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and a glossary by W. S. Dallas. "The edition was aimed at a wider public and printed in smaller... Learn More
    £1,850

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  20. 129606
    First edition, first impression of 1,000 copies, without a "thousand" statement on the title page as per later impressions. Darwin started his work on insectivorous plants in 1860 after observing a sundew while resting in Sussex. "During subsequent years, whenever I had leisure, I pursued my experiments, and my book on 'Insectivorous... Learn More
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  21. 128811
    First edition in book form, second impression, one of 500 copies, "probably the smallest issue of any Murray Darwin" (Freeman p. 117). This copy has the adverts dated January 1882 and is issued in a remainder binding not noted by Freeman, done in Murray's standard case style, differing from the first issue binding which... Learn More
    £850

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  22. 129595
    First edition, first issue, of Darwin's final book. Published the year before his death, the work was remarkably successful, selling 6,000 copies within a year, and indeed initially sold faster than the Origin of Species had done. The culmination of ten years of intensive research and close observation on the interaction... Learn More
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  23. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
    £3,750

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  24. 122425detail
    The first authorized collected edition of his works. Rare in the original morocco binding. Learn More
    £4,500

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