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"I HAVE LONG EARNESTLY WISHED FOR A NEW EDITION OF THE ORIGIN IN THE UNITED STATES"

DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed. WITH: On the Origin of Species. Kent, United Kingdom and New York, 1869-70.

Very rare and desirable signed autograph letter from Charles Darwin to American publisher D. Appleton's London agent, Charles Clayton, agreeing to a second American edition of the Origin of Species, with a slightly raised price, but requiring that Appleton also commit to an American edition of The Descent of Man. Accompanied by the second American edition of Origin of Species in original cloth. $125,000.

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"WITH MR. C. DARWIN'S COMPLIMENTS & THANKS"

DARWIN, Charles. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. London, 1868. Two volumes.

Very rare presentation-association first edition, first issue, of Darwin’s hypothesis of pangenesis, with an autograph presentation note in Darwin's hand, on his letterhead stationery, that reads: "Dec. 24, with Mr. C. Darwin's compliments & thanks." The recipient, Joseph Prestwich, was a renowned geologist and Darwin's Kentian neighbor, friend, and correspondent. Presentation copies of Darwin's works are almost always found with an inscription in a secretarial hand; presentations in Darwin's actual hand, as here, are quite uncommon. A lovely copy in the original cloth. $59,000.

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"INCULCATED IN HIM A FIRM BELIEF THAT HE COULD HIMSELF FIND THE EVIDENCE IN NATURE NECESSARY TO SUPPORT HIS THEORIES"

DARWIN, Charles. A Monograph on the Fossil Lepadidae. BOUND WITH: A Monograph on the Fossil Balanidae and Verrucidae. London, 1851; 1854. Two works in one.

First editions of these two “minute investigative researches” on barnacles, with seven engraved plates of fossil forms by James de Carle Sowerby, accompanied by keys to the images on interleaved pages, beautifully bound. $4500.

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