Past Auction

Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Inscribed Sixth Edition of Darwin's 'The Origin of Species' Fetches a Record $75,000

  • Inscribed Sixth Edition of Darwin's 'The Origin of Species' Fetches a Record $75,000 on April 13, 2016
  • Sale of Totals $728,031, Far Exceeding Pre-Sale Estimate of $373,100-575,200
  • Consignments are Currently Being Accepted for the Fall 2016 Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

On April 13, 2016 Doyle held an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The auction showcased a diverse range of material from early illuminated manuscripts to modern first editions. Highlights featured landmark works in Americana, science, literature, including finely bound library sets, and original illustration art.

Charles Darwin

Highlighting the sale was a copy of the sixth edition of The Origin of Species, the final version edited by Charles Darwin during his lifetime and much expanded from the 1859 first edition. Published in 1872, it was the first to employ the word “evolution” with its current meaning, although Darwin had used the term in The Descent of Man the previous year. This copy was inscribed by Darwin, a genuine rarity since most presentation copies of his works were signed by a publisher’s clerk. Intense international competition sent the book soaring past its estimate of $20,000-30,000 to achieve a stunning $75,000 – a world auction record for this edition.

All prices include the buyer's premium.

Next Rare Books, Autographs & Maps Auction: Fall 2016

Doyle's next auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps is scheduled for Fall 2016. Consignments are currently being accepted. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection.

For information, please contact Edward Ripley-Duggan at 212-427-4141, ext 234, or Peter Costanzo at ext. 248, or email [email protected]

Consignments are currently being accepted

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  • A New England Collection
  • Collection from the Estate of Robert Rieber
  • Collection of Sheldon and Marcia Sacks
  • Estate of Herman J. Wechsler, New York
  • Estate of Hilde Grey
  • Estate of Jacqueline F. Rae
  • Estate of Jay C. Master
  • Estate of Louise Bookstaver
  • Estate of Roberta K. Cohn & Richard A. Cohn, Ltd
  • Estate of Roberta K. Cohn & Richard A. Cohn, Ltd.
  • Estate of Roberta K. Cohn & Richard A. Cohn, Ltd.
  • From the Collection of John E. Herzog
  • Property from a Washington, DC Collector
  • Property from the Collection of Countess Lucienne von Doz
  • Property from the Collection of John R. and Anne J. Willis
  • Property from the Cyma Rubin Collection
  • Property from the Stachelberg Family Collection
  • Property of a Long Island Collector
  • Property of a New York Lady
  • Property of a Palm Beach Lady
  • Property of Pat Koch Thaler, sister of the late Honorable Edward Koch
  • The property of Nancy A. Barnett

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