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A Naturalist Voyage Around the World, Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology, Charles Darwin First

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John Murray, 10th Printing, Green cloth boards. xv (including postscript, dated Feb. 1st, 1860), 519pp, index, adverts (32pp, dated January. 1863 - these do vary, with some copies - according to Freeman - having ads as late as 1868). Binder's ticket - "Edmond's and Remnants, London" on rear pastedown.  This is referred to as the "second edition, tenth thousand.  Covers have some wear and the corners are quite bumped.  The binding has been skilfully rebacked preserving the original spine.  Gilt bright and minor marks/stains only. Binding very tight and square.  Original endpapers have quite a lot of fading/marks. No provious owner names or inks. Text pages generally very bright and free of foxing. Occasional light smudging. A bright, usable and collectable copy of an early issue of Darwin's first published book - the 'Voyage of the Beagle' which shows very well on the shelf.  Few us will have the chance to own a first edition of "On the Origin of the Species" - even tatty copies of the 2nd and 3rd editions fetch 4 figure sums nowadays.  This is an opportnity to own a nice copy of Charles Darwin's first publication, and one that shares the same elegant appearance of that first edition of his most famous work.  This is the first time that Darwin's researches (which first appeared in 1839) were produced in an edition similar to the first editions of The Origin, with the distinctive John Murray casing.  This is also the definitive version of the work, as Darwin left it, and was printed with a 'POSTSCRIPT' (see transcript below) in which Darwin corrected a few errors in previous editions.  If you visit the online introduction to Darwin's Bibliographical Database by R.B. Freeman you can see an interesting old photograph of early editions of Darwin's works, laid out in order in a bookcase.  Notice that the edition on offer here sits on the second shelf. You can see the earlier copies to the left and a later one to the right.  2 early editions of the Origin of Species (1st and 4th by the looks of them) are on the top shelf.  It's interesting that there are no other titles that share that same elegant triangular design on the spine, apart from the 1860 edition of the "Naturalist's Voyage around the World". 
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