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The Descent of Man, Two Volumes, 2nd Issue, Charles Darwin

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1871 Murray. The first issue of the first edition of the  Descent of Man was printed in February 1871. A subsequent run (the second issue) was produced shortly afterwards in March. The first issue, on offer, can be recognized by the errata on the verso of the title leaf of Volume II, seventeen errata for Volume I and eight for Volume II. The verso of the title leaf of Volume II of the second issue has a list of nine other works by Darwin and no errata. The verso of the half title leaf of Volume II (opposite title) of the first issue bears the 3-line printer's note, (it is blank in the second issue of March 1871). The first issue has a note on a tipped in leaf (pp. [ix-x]) in Volume II which refers to 'a serious and unfortunate error' which affects pages 297-299 in Volume I, and pages 161 and 237 in Volume II.   The proof that Volume I is the first issue can be seen on page 297 where the first word is "transmitted".  The second issue begins "when" on this page.  There are also certain misprints, such as "kaola" for koala on p. 27 of VOL I.  Rather than describe the condition in great detail here, please ask for a full set of photos and description. 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 or lessor condtion. We also have presentation copies of some titles.  Please ask for a complete catalogue. 
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