Darwin, Charles. The Principal Works of Charles Darwin. THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES. THE DESCENT OF MAN. New York: John B. Alden, Publisher. 1886. Med. 8vo, two works in one volume; Origin: pp. [viii], 254(last blank), also numbered [441]-[694]; portrait frontispiece, the diagram reproduced in white on black at Page 51, index, glossary; Descent: pp. [iv], [viii](7 plates), 334, also numbered [151]-[484]; a few figures, index; original dark green cloth (slightly worn), titled on spine: DARWIN'S | SELECT [sic] | WORKS. [cf. Freeman] and, lower down, ORIGIN OF SPECIES | [rule] | DESCENT OF MAN; printed in double-column; a very good, sound copy; scarce. New York; John B. Alden; 1886.
***Freeman 419 (Origin) [=962 Descent] (no detail given). The alternate pagination seems to be derived from an earlier issue in the Humboldt Library of Popular Science [New York, 1884] itself probably derived from an even earlier American issue (unidentified, but possibly Philadelphia c. 1872). The text of the 'Origin' is taken from the sixth edition, but the Historical Sketch is omitted. The text of the 'Descent' is from the first edition, which is perhaps suggestive that the c. 1872 Philadelphia printing is the original American edition in this form. #66462

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