Of the first edition of 1,250 copies, 58 were distributed by Murray for review, promotion, and presentation, and Darwin reported that the balance was sold out on the first day of publication. The presentation copies likely number less than 30, all having secretarial inscriptions and were sent by the publisher at Darwin's request. "There are no known author's presentation copies of the first edition inscribed in Darwin's hand" (Norman).
"Dr. Buist / Bombay/ from the author".
Dr. George Buist, after taking degrees at St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh, left Scotland for a journalistic posting in India, where his scientific interests led him to serve as Secretary to the Bombay Geographical Society. (This was the same role as Darwin for the London Geographical Society and both men were fellows of the Royal Society).
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