1851, Ray Society, First edition, first issue 1851/1854 Original cloth covers have been re-backed with matching vintage cloth. Some wear and a liitle loss to the head and tail of the spine. Bindings tight and square. Original yellow coated endpapers have been reinforced using matching paper. Blind-stamps only (no ink) from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Text generally clean. Some browning but generally good. An excellent copy of an exceedingly scarce set - the first and only issue. Darwin spent much of his time for 8 years (beginning in 1846) onthis work. Pnly 800 copies were printed. - most still held by institutions. Very good condition. We are selling a number of first and early edition Darwin and other Victorian Natural History.