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“THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT… IN THE HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE”

DARWIN, Charles, FITZROY, Robert, and KING, Philip Barker. Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle. London, 1839. Four volumes.

First edition of the account of the most famous voyage in the history of biological science and modern thought. Volume III is the first issue of Darwin's Journal, his first published book, containing the observations and fieldwork that form the basis for On the Origin of Species. $46,000.

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“MAN STILL BEARS… THE INDELIBLE STAMP OF HIS LOWLY ORIGIN”

DARWIN, Charles. Descent of Man. London, 1871. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of Darwin’s landmark treatise, in which the word “evolution” is used to describe his theory for the first time in any of his works, in original cloth. $13,500.

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“THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE WORK IN SCIENCE”: SECOND EDITION OF DARWIN’S ORIGIN OF SPECIES

DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species. London, 1860.

Second edition, second issue, as always (the first issue known in only a few copies), of "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), published less than two months after the first edition. $12,000.

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EXTRAORDINARY SIGNED AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM EMMA DARWIN, CHARLES DARWIN’S WIFE, TO THOMAS GOLD APPLETON

(DARWIN, Charles) DARWIN, Emma. Autograph letter signed. Bromley, Kent, June 28, 1862.

Original signed autograph letter from Charles Darwin’s wife Emma Darwin to painter and essayist Thomas Gold Appleton relating Charles Darwin’s gratitude for the natural history book Appleton sent him, mentioning Darwin’s continuing illness, remarking on the Civil War and slavery, and imploring Appleton to visit if he planned to come to England as Darwin was eager to see him again. $4500.

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