Adelaide, South Australia: The Limited Editions Club (printed at The Griffin Press), 1963. Landacre, Paul. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 1500 copies, quarto size, 504 pp., with LEC Monthly Letter, announcement, and slipcase. Fine. Item #CNFBV080
Charles Darwin's (1809-1882) "The Origin of Species", published in 1859, rocked the world with its theories of evolution. Darwin had been on the famous voyage of the HMS "Beagle" and evidence gathered during that voyage was included in the book; written for non-scientists, the book was an immediate sensation. The introduction to this edition was written by his own grandson, Charles Galton Darwin, and has been illustrated by Paul Landacre, a highly-regarded American wood engraver. Landacre has works in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, the New York MOMA, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco Museum of Art, Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, and many other institutions (n. b., info from Monthly Letter).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in quarter black wallaby hide stamped in gold, green label with gilt lettering on the shelfback, wood veneer sides, top edge speckled green, title page in black with red wood engraved illustration, illustrated with wood engravings by Paul Landacre in one and two colours throughout; set in monotype Baskerville on Australian smooth cream-tone paper, quarto size (11" by 8.25"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xxxii, 1-470, [blank] [colophon]; Limited Edition, one of 1500 copies; LEC Monthly Letter and announcement loosely laid in; housed in a green paper-covered slipcase, tan label with green lettering on the spine.
___CONDITION: Volume fine, the leather spine smooth and supple with bright gilt, wood veneer boards fine, clean and unmarked, square corners, tight binding with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings. Monthly Letter near fine with a few very shallow creases, annoucement near fine with several very shallow creases; slipcase fine, strong and sturdy, no sunning or discolouration. A lovely example of the LEC edition of this seminal work.
___CITATION: LEC no. 344.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an unusually large and heavy volume and additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.
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