Only 1,250 were produced in its first print run back in 1859.Oh, if only I had the money. Oh, who am I fooling. I would go buy a Canon 1D-s.
A copy of the ground-breaking text turned up a house near Inverness and will go under the hammer on Friday.
A first edition sold in Norfolk in April fetched £35,000.
Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull have suggested a more modest estimate of £10,000 to £15,000.
Book specialist Simon Vickers said: "This particular copy of The Origin Of Species was found in a house near Inverness. It has been in the family a long time.
"The family have no known connection to Darwin, and it may have been bought on its first publication."
This year marks the bicentenary of the influential scientist's birth. When Darwin died in 1882 he was given a state funeral and buried in Westminster Abbey.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Need a Copy of On the Origins of Species?
There is one for sale for a mere 10 to 15 000 pounds. Virgin Media reports that a first edition copy of the book is for sale: