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An extremely rare first edition of Charles Darwin's seminal book Origin of the Species which was found in a pile of books destined for a charity shop has sold for almost £50,000.<br />
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The early copy of the historic 1859 volume outlining the theory of evolution was spotted by an auctioneer while working his way through several hundred books during a routine house call in Carlisle, Cumbria.<br />
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The 'delighted' vendor, an elderly lady, had no idea she owned one of the 1,250 copies produced during its limited first print run.<br />
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The book had been tucked away in a tin truck she inherited from her grandfather in the 1970s which had been left undisturbed and gathering dust in her loft for over 40 years.