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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. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
    First edition, first issue, one of 1,500 copies printed; scarce in the original cloth. The term survival of the fittest (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) was first used by Darwin in the first edition of this work, preceding its first use in the fifth edition of the Origin... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 106850

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  2. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
    Fifth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). This copy is in Freeman's variant c. of the binding (no priority). "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,... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 110216

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  3. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.
    First edition, second issue with the misprint "htat" on the first line of p. 208, and the plates numbered in arabic rather than roman ("it seems probable that the arabic set was the earlier", Freeman). Expression of the Emotions completed Darwin's great cycle of evolutionary writings, "written, in part at least, as a confutation... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 110565

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  4. Woodburytype portrait.
    Woodburytype portrait of Charles Darwin (18091882) in three-quarter profile, from the Men of Mark series of Lock & Whitfield portraits published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington between 1876 and 1883. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 106606

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  5. Darwin Memorial.
    This printed letter, signed by T. G. Bonney and P. Edward Dove as Honorary Secretaries of the Royal Society, invites the recipient to the unveiling of the marble statue of Charles Darwin by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, in the Great Hall of the Natural History Museum, Brompton Road, London, the unveiling to take place on 9 June... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 111237

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