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Darwin Charles On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

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The phrases “natural selection” and the “theory of evolution” will forever brand and influence the world’s scientific approaches to mankind’s beginnings and subsequent journey thanks to biologist Charles Darwin. His groundbreaking On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection first published in 1859 (London) by John Murray shares what are still controversial ideas, and it serves as a direct challenge to church ideals for many. A footnote in the book cites it as “the most important biological book ever written.” The blind-stamped green cloth first edition book is valued as high as over $130,000 with excellent condition copies. Personalized inscriptions can add value such as one signed by Joseph Hooker (1817-1911) who was a close and personal friend to Darwin. The first edition (1860) published in the United States by D. Appleton (New York) presents a brown cloth book; these copies can potentially sell for as high as $180,000. Incomplete and ragged copies can command comparatively low $3,000 prices.

We collected a sample of 59 auction results of Darwin, Charles's On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $200 and the highest overall price realized was $131767. The overall average price was $13137 and the median price realized for the book was $3000. There were 8 auctions (27%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 13 auctions (43%) exceeding the high estimates, and 9 auctions (30%) within the range of the low and high estimates.

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann March 9, 2017 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1860 $2000-$3000 $4000 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 7, 2016 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1859 - $25000 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 7, 2016 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1860 - $3500 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann June 21, 2016 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York 1860 $1500-$2500 $7280 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 22, 2015 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1859 - $81250 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann April 14, 2015 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York 1860 $1000-$1500 $1188 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 25, 2015 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1859 - $131767 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 25, 2014 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1859 - $3678 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 12, 2014 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1861 - $2675 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 22, 2014 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1859 - $40000 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 22, 2014 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1861 - $5625 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 25, 2014 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1860 - $1504 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann May 1, 2014 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1859 $20000-$30000 $18750 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann April 8, 2014 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York 1860 $1500-$2500 $3072 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 27, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York Appleton 1860 $5000-$8000 $3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 27, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1860 $3000-$5000 $5400 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann April 11, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1859 $20000-$30000 $72000 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann February 28, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection . . . Third Edition . . . Seventh Thousand. 1861 London 1861 $800-$1200 $1920 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann February 28, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London 1860 $800-$1200 $4080 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1873 - $1254 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1875 - $501 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1882 - $200 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 19, 2013 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1884 - $267 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 13, 2012 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1859 - $61068 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams September 25, 2012 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1875 - $250 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 13, 2012 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York Appleton 1860 $500-$800 $960 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 17, 2012 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1861 - $1170 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 17, 2012 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1861 - $1003 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 17, 2012 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1873 - $635 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA December 1, 2011 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York Appleton 1860 $800-$1200 $840 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 22, 2011 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1860 - $3678 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 8, 2011 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1866 $1000-$1500 $780 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 30, 2011 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York Appleton 1860 $5000-$8000 $18000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 30, 2011 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1866 $600-$900 $1020 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 16, 2011 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1866 $1000-$1500 $660 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 22, 2011 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1860 - $1444 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA February 14, 2011 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1860 $3000-$5000 $3000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 2, 2010 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York Appleton 1860 $5000-$8000 $5400 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 8, 2010 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1859 - $41737 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA May 27, 2010 Darwin, Charles and Alfred R. Wallace. On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection London Longman, Brown, et al. 1858 $12000-$15000 $24000 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 27, 2010 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1876 - $1364 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA March 18, 2010 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1859 $70000-$100000 $51000 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 1, 2009 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1872 - $385 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 10, 2009 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1861 - $1203 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA September 17, 2009 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1860 $1500-$2500 $1920 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 23, 2009 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1861 - $1525 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 24, 2009 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1860 - $2568 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann November 11, 2008 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London 1859 $15000-$25000 $21600 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 11, 2008 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London 1860 $2000-$3000 $2400 Swann Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 4, 2008 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1866 - $1123 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA June 26, 2008 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1859 $50000-$70000 $48000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA June 26, 2008 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1860 $600-$900 $1140 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 13, 2007 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1860 - $5779 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 30, 2006 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1860 $4000-$6000 $6000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA October 19, 2006 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1860 $4000-$6000 $2400 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 6, 2006 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection London John Murray 1861 - $1414 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA February 23, 2006 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life London John Murray 1859 $20000-$30000 $24000 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA February 10, 2003 Darwin, Charles and Alfred R. Wallace. On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection London Longman, Brown, et al. 1859 $15000-$20000 $14400 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA February 7, 2002 Darwin, Charles. On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection New York Appleton 1860 $1500-$2500 $3300 PBA Copies for Sale