Darwin Featured: Celebration Special

-Written by Diane Newland. Darwin Bookseller.

On Saturday, the 29th June, it was our beautiful Darwin Rare Books Room’s second anniversary, so we are now welcoming in our third year with even more beautiful antique and vintage books on display. The room is named after the great man Charles Darwin himself, because Bookbarn International’s owner, William Pryor, is actually his great, great grandson. How cool is that!


Of course, we stock antique, rare, historical and vintage books on many different subjects, not just Charles Darwin, but we named this atmospheric room, full of gilt-spined and leather bound rarities, after the great man himself, as a mark of recognition and respect for this remarkable human being, his work and his books.

So firstly, in honour of our namesake, here are some of his books that we currently have in stock;


 The Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection. Published by D Appleton and Company in 1875, and on sale for £397.50


The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animal. Leather bound and published by John Murray in 1892 currently selling for £337.50. We also have a more modern edition of this, with green cloth boards published by William Pickering in 1989 for £21.00


On the Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs; also Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands and Parts of South America. Published by Ward Lock and Co in 1890, and on sale for £44.80.

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Published by Ward, Lock and Company in 1901, and selling for £42.50.



The Variation of Plants and Animals Under Domestication. Published by John Murray in 1905 and priced at £30.80. 

We also have Voyage of HMS Beagle. Published by The Amalgamated Press in 1905 and this is on sale for just £6.50…so something to suit all pockets, including several other Charles Darwin titles available online. If, however, you want a rare or vintage book on another subject, do read some of the featured Darwin posts (if you haven’t already done so), to get a sense of just how vast and varied is our stock. Many of our books are also available online, or come and visit us in person for the full experience!

If the sight of these Charles Darwin books is not enough to tempt you, as a visual feast to kick off our third year in style, here are some of the most beautiful and enticing books currently on show in our Darwin Room:

It is a real honour to share space with all these gorgeous antique books, which have so obviously been treasured and lovingly looked after by their owners. So three cheers to the Darwin Rare Books Room, and a big thank you to all our wonderful customers, old and new and, of course, to our lovely Darwin team.

Have you visited our Darwin Rare Books Room? What books caught your eye, or your heart? We love to hear about your experience, and what books you admire, desire, or have fallen in love with and had to acquire!  Do let us know and help us start the Darwin Room’s third year with an explosion of enthusiasm for your unusual, antique, or nostalgic written treasures! 

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Remember, you can browse our Darwin rare books room stock online too, by heading over to our Antiquarian and Rare book collection on Abe books. 

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