Darwin, Charles. The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex [first edition]
Darwin, Charles. The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex
London: John Murray, 1871. Hardback 8vo; two volumes; first edition, first issue. Volume 1: i-viii, 1-424. Volume 2: i-viii, inserted postscript, 1-476. Both volumes with 16pp advertising insert from January 1871 at the rear. Numerous black and white illustrations. Bound in original publisher’s green cloth; blind tooled with gilt titles to spines. Condition: Very Good. Spines rubbed; owner plate to front pastedown; moderate foxing to first pages. $6,000
This first-issue copy has the word “transmitted” on p 297 of volume 1; volume 2 includes errata on verso of title page and printer’s note on verso of half-title, and Darwin’s note on a “serious and unfortunate error.” On p 2 of volume 1, the word “evolution” occurs for the first time in any of Darwin’s works.
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