New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896-1897. First Thus. The first authorized collected edition of Darwin's works, in 15 volumes.Original red half morocco over marbled boards with gilt to spine. Top edges gilt. Light occasional spotting and some sunning to spines. Small tear to the foot of spine on Descent of Man. Uncommon in the original morocco, this set of Darwin's most influential work is overall a pleasing and neat addition to any collection.
"Perhaps no one has influenced our knowledge of life on Earth as much as English naturalist Charles Darwin. His theory of evolution by natural selection, now the unifying theory of life sciences, explained where all of the astonishly diverse kinds of living things came from and how they became exquisitely adapted to their particular environments" (Wyhe). The present set was the first one to be authorized by Darwin himself, bringing together his most important scientific contributions into one beautiful and functional reference library. Near Fine (Item #2786)