14 November 2007
DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). The Descent of Man and Selection in relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871. 2 parts in 2 volumes, 8° (181 x 123mm). 76 woodblocks. 16p. advertisements dated January 1871 at end of vol. I and II respectively. (Without half-title in vol. II.) Publisher's original green cloth, spine gilt (extremities lightly rubbed). Freeman 937; Norman 599.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST TRADE ISSUE. Darwin's discussion of the origin of man himself appeared twelve years after the Origin. Freeman notes that 'the word "evolution" occurs, for the first time in any of Darwin's works, on page 2 of the first volume of the first edition, that is to say before its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species in the following year'. Freeman 937; Norman 599. With 2 other works by Darwin:
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the World. London: John Murray, 1845. 8°. 14 woodblocks. 16p. advertisement dated August 1845 inserted at end. Original scarlet cloth, gilt spine reading 'Colonial and Home Library vol. XII' (spine frayed, corners bumped). Second separate edition, second issue. Freeman 14.
The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. London: John Murray, 1872. 8°. 7 heliotype plates, 3 folding. Woodblock illustrations. (Occasional browning.) Original green cloth (extremities lightly rubbed, small nick to lower cover). FIRST EDITION, second issue. Freeman 1142; Norman 600.
KRAUSE, Ernst. Erasmus Darwin ... with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray, 1879. 8°. Frontispiece portrait and 2 full-page woodblocks. Original green cloth. Provenance: M.A. Moffatt (ownership signature). FIRST EDITION bound in standard green cloth in recognition that it contained Darwin's work, longer in fact than Krause's own contribution on 'The Scientific Works of Erasmus Darwin'. This copy contains the cut out SIGNATURE OF CHARLES DARWIN on the front pastedown; and below it the signature of G.H. Darwin, April 1880. Freeman 1319. (5)
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