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Many people will recognize Desmond Morris as the author of The Naked Ape (1967). As a zoologist and the curator of mammals at the London Zoo, Morris popularized evolution for a mid-century audience. Still contentious at the time, his book became one of eleven titles named in a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case related to book banning and First Amendment rights, alongside Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and Richard Wright’s Black Boy.  

Important Irish Rising Papers Coming to Auction at Bonhams

London — An historically important copy of the speech made by Wolfe Tone at his court martial – following his arrest during the 1798 Irish Rising – is to be offered at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in London on Wednesday 26 June. It is among a file of documents relating to the rebellion kept by George Hewitt, Adjutant-General of the British Army in Ireland 1791-99 and Commander-in-Chief of Ireland, 1813-16. The documents are estimated at £10,000-15,000.
 

World Auction Record for Presentation Copy of Darwin’s “Origin” at Bonhams rebecca Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:34

New York – A fine first edition, early presentation copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection sold for $500,075, a world auction record for a presentation copy of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in New York on June 13. It had been estimated at $200,000-300,000. The 302-lot sale achieved a total of $1,270,890 and was sold 85% by lot and 94% by value.