A complete set of Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle made £50,000 ($34,993) in Bonhams' second part of the sale of Dr Hugh Selbourne.
The auction took place in London on March 8.
The four volume set is Darwin's publication of his journals from the famous voyage and was issued form 1832-1836, long before he published his theory of evolution.
Matthew Haley, Bonhams' head of books, said, "Hugh Selbourne was a remarkable man with a boundless curiosity about the world.
"He assembled one the finest and most extensive private collection of books I've ever seen. The interest in the sale and the prices achieved are a testimony to his great taste and judgment."
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