Charles Darwin Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Charles Darwin Rare Books And Memorabilia

Charles Darwin rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the celebrated English naturalist Charles Darwin.

 

Brief history/biography

Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809 and died on April 19th, 1882.

Darwin is regarded as one of the greatest scientists in history thanks to his theories of evolution in which he proposed that evolution is a result from the process of natural selection. This theory was initially published in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species which at the time caused a stir in the scientific community.

Some of the many other notable and groundbreaking publications by Darwin include Extracts from letters to Professor Henslow (1835), Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (1838 to 1843), On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection (1858), and The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871), to name a few.

Types of Charles Darwin Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

  • Christie's in Paris sold an original first edition copy of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (circa 1859) for €117,500 in June of 2004.

  • Sotheby's in New York sold an original first edition copy of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (circa 1859) for $132,000 in April of 2005, and another first edition copy of the same title for $84,000 in June of 2006.

Christie's in London sold:

  • A first edition copy of The Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the Command of Captain Robert FitzRoy, R.N., during the Years 1832 to 1836 which was edited by Darwin for £60,000 in December of 2006.
  • Another first edition copy of The Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the Command of Captain Robert FitzRoy, R.N., during the Years 1832 to 1836 for £72,500 in April of 2008.
  • Another first edition copy of The Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the Command of Captain Robert FitzRoy, R.N., during the Years 1832 to 1836 for £69,310 in April of 2004.
  • Another first edition copy of the same title for £78,000 in September of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life (circa 1859) for £50,400 in June of 2007.
  • Another first edition copy of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life for £91,250 in June of 2010.
  • Another first edition copy of the same title for £86,400 in June of 2006.
  • Another first edition copy of the same title for £78,000 in December of 2006.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (circa 1859) for $70,500 in May of 2001.
  • Another first edition copy of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life for $146,500 in December of 2009.
  • Another first edition copy of the same title for $134,500 in November of 2011.
  • Another first edition copy of the same title for $170,500 in December of 2009.
  • Another first edition copy of the same title for $194,500 in June of 2008.
  • A first edition copy of For Private Distribution … Extracts from Letters addressed to Professor Henslow by C. Darwin (circa 1835) for $230,500 in June of 2008.
  • An original first edition copy of The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Under the Command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N., during the Years 1832 to 1836 (circa 1838 to 1843) which was edited by Darwin for $66,000 in June of 2006.

Documents

  • Christie's in New York sold a draft of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection with various notes and marks in Darwin's handwriting (circa 1859) for $96,000 in June of 1999.

Guide for collectors

Original first edition copies of Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection… (circa 1859), and The Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle… (circa 1838 to 1843) are considered to be the most valuable among collectors, but not necessarily the most rare. Drafts of any of Darwin's most famous and successful publications, on the other hand, are considered to be rare, especially if the articles contain any of Darwin's handwritten notes.

Restoration of an original first edition copy of a Darwin publication is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Darwin-related memorabilia, visit darwin-online.org.uk or www.aboutdarwin.com.

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