10 December 1999
DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. London: W. Clowes and Sons for John Murray, 1859.
8o in 12s (197 x 125 mm). Folding lithographed diagram. (Some occasional spotting). Original publisher's blindstamped green cloth, spine gilt-decorated, by Edmonds and Remnants with their ticket at lower corner of rear pastedown (Freeman binding variant b) and with advertisements dated June 1859 (Freeman variant 3), no priority established, uncut (recased, a few skilful repairs to cloth, small inkspot on front cover).
FIRST EDITION OF "THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WORK OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. Its publication aroused world-wide criticism and controversy, both religious and scientific" (Grolier/Horblit). The whole edition of 1250 copies was sold on the day of publication. "Darwin not only drew an entirely new picture of the workings of organic nature; he revolutionized our methods of thinking and our outlook on the natural order of things" (PMM). Dibner Heralds of Science 199; Freeman 373; Garrison-Morton 220; Grolier/Horblit 23b; Grolier Medicine 70B; Norman 593; PMM 344b.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
A special preview of works available for immediate purchase through Christie’s Private Sales service
With her high-piled ringlets, gold earrings and heavy black kohl, the woman portrayed in this funerary painting offers a glimpse of life almost 2,000 years ago