• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 269

    DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871.

    Price Realised  

    DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871.

    2 volumes, 8° (190 x 125 mm). 76 woodblocks, 16pp. advertisements in both volumes dated January 1871, bifolium 'Postscript' leaf normally found in first edition, first issue, loosely tipped into vol. II. Uncut in original green cloth, brown endpapers (edges lightly rubbed, head and tail caps beginning to fray). Provenance: Th. M. Fries (signatures) -- Nils Fries (bookplates).

    FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE, OF DARWIN'S FIRST WORK TO CONTAIN THE WORD 'EVOLUTION'. This second issue has important textual variance from the first. Originally published on 24th February, the first issue contained the 'Postscript' leaf in vol. II referring to 'a serious and unfortunate error' affecting pp.297-299 in Vol. I, and pages 161 and 237 in Vol. II. The present work has these defects corrected, and was issued a month after the first issue. Freeman 938. (2)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Special Notice

    No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.