Included in the book section of Halls’ sale on 3rd February is a second edition of Shrewsbury-born Charles Darwin’s landmark work, On the Origin of Species, 1860.
Widely regarded as the most important scientific book ever written, copies of the first edition, published in November 1859, have sold for in excess of £100,000.
This second edition, published just two months later, is the best most collectors can aspire to. The first owner of this copy was Charles Jenner (1810-1893), the founder of Jenners, the world-famous department store on Princes Street, Edinburgh. It bears Jenner’s bookplate inside the front cover, as well as his pencil signature on the title page. The estimate is £1,000-1,500.
Adverts at end dated January 1860. Original dark green cloth gilt. Freeman 376 variant a.