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Geological Observations of the Volcanic Islands, Charles Darwin, 1st/1st Scarce!

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1844, Smith, Elder & Co, 8vo, 225 mm, vii + 175 pp, folding map. Description of six specues of corals from the Palaeozoic formation of Van Dieman's Land by W Lonsdale pp 161-169. Inserted ads, dated Jan 1844 (not in all copies). Freeman ref F272. Near fine copy. Some sunning to the spine and covers but original cloth holding together well. Small split at top of front joint. Original yellow endpapers totally intact and little foxing. Ownership inscription on title page - WP Bennett 1844 - only ink addition. Book was boxed for presentation (1973) to Dr Hans Gaffron. Probably the rarest 1st edition Darwin - only 146 copies sold (according to Darwin, June 1846). Normal wear and tear, minor foxing, spine faded, no repairs on unusual damage. We are selling an entire first and early edition collection of Darwin and other Victorian naturalist. in many cases we have several copies of the same Darwin titles in similar condtion, including presentation copies. Please ask for a complete catalogue. 
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