Publisher's original green buckram with titles in gilt on black labels to the spine. All illustrations, folding maps and plates reproduced including 82 colour plates (from The Voyage of the Beagle). Darwin's own indexes complement a new consolidated index in volume 29, the first consolidated index to all Darwin's published books. An excellent, better than very good set, the bindings square and firm, the cloth uniformly bright with just the occasional light mark or minor bump. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps.
The first complete collected edition of Charles Darwin's books. "Are they needed? To be sure. The Darwin industry has scandalously failed to provide texts of more than a handful of Darwin's books. If you want to know what Darwin said about his grandfather or what he wrote about barnacles (still an essential reference to cirripedists, apart from any historical importance) you are forced to search shelves, or wait until someone else does it for you. Many titles have not been in print for a century." – Eric Korn, The Times Literary Supplement.
Stock code: 21805