Charles Darwin Bibliography

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Charles Darwin needs no introduction or blurb, indeed any attempt to do so within the confines of this column would be facile. Suffice is to say that every book listed in the bibliography is extremely collectable and with all being regarded as rare books consequently valuable.
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Title Publisher Date Notes
Extracts from Letters Addressed to Professor Henslow CUP 1835 Not dated, pale grey wraps
The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle Elder 1838-42 19 numbers making 5 parts, usually bound in 3 or 5 volumes
Narrative of the Surviving Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle Colburn 1839 4 volumes in blue cloth
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited by HMS Beagle Murray 1845 In 3 parts, grey card wraps, Colonial Home Library Series. Also one volume edition available
Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle     first issued in the following 3 parts
The Structure and Distribution of Coral reefs Elder 1842 Blue or purple cloth
Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands Visited Elder 1844 Blue or purple cloth
Geological Observations on South America Elder 1846 Blue or purple cloth
Geological Observations on Coral Reefs, Volcanic Islands and on South America Elder 1851 Blue or purple cloth, 3 volumes in 1
A Monograph of the Sub Class Cirripedia   1851-54 2 vols blue cloth
A Monograph on the Fossil Lepadidae Ray Society 1851-54 2 vols fawn wraps
On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection Murray 1859 Green cloth, 1st issue has 2 quotes on pii and thousand on title page. 2nd issue, 3 quotes and no thousand
On the Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects Murray 1862 Plum cloth
On the Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants   1865 Originally in Linnean Society Journal, later Longmans in green wraps and author off print by Taylor and Francis
The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication Murray 1868 2 volumes in green cloth, first issue has imprint in one line, 2nd issue in 2 lines
The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex Murray 1870-71 2 volumes, green cloth, first edition is pre publication, 2nd has vol 1 dated 1871
The Expression of the Emotions in Men and Animals Murray 1872 Green cloth
Insectivorous Plants Murray 1875 Green cloth, "second thousand" etc is later issue
The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom Murray 1877 Green cloth
The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species Murray 1877 Green cloth
The Power of movement in Plants Murray 1880 Green cloth
The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms Murray 1881 Green cloth, "second thousand" etc is later issue

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