Charles Darwin—A Natural Selection for Today (Rarest of Rare Collectibles)

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. His works continue to be among the most influential and important scientific works, from his popular account of The Voyage of the Beagle in 1839, through the seminal scientific work On the Origin of Species (1859), to the 1871 continuation of his exploration of evolution, The Descent of Man.

To celebrate Darwin’s 207th birthday, we’re proud to offer a Very Good copy of the first edition/ first issue of The Descent of Man.

darwin 2 vols

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex by Charles Darwin
London, John Murray, 1871.

First edition, first issue, of the Darwin classic. Two volumes. The first issue, in the original publisher’s green cloth binding, is scarce. Advertisements in both volumes dated January 1871. Bookplate and owner signature. Light foxing. (price on request)

This very special treasure was brought to our Flagship store in Dallas. Buyer Rachel, one of the lucky people who got to evaluate the book, was thrilled. “It was very exciting. We checked our resources to see whether it had all the first-issue points. It did!”

Darwin Fun Facts

EvolutionThe Descent of Man contains, on page two of the first volume, the first appearance of the word “evolution” in any of Darwin’s works.

The first edition was published in two volumes, despite the fact that Darwin saw the book’s two parts as one continuous work.

The HMS Beagle’s expedition, during which Darwin began developing his ideas about evolution, lasted nearly five years, but Darwin spent over three years of that time on land, conducting research.

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And, for another science classic, we also offer:

The DNA Story: A Documentary History of Gene Cloning (W.H. Freeman, 1983, First Edition), signed by co-author (with John Tooze) and DNA co-discoverer James D. Watson. In Very Good condition: $350. Also available at our Flagship store in Dallas.

dna story 1

If you’re interested in either of these books, let the Buy Guy know!

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