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The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. by  Charles DARWIN - First Edition - 1868 - from Peter Harrington and Biblio.com

The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.

by DARWIN, Charles

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London: John Murray,, 1868. 2 volumes, octavo (221 x 144 mm). Contemporary half calf, rebacked, twin red and green morocco labels and raised bands to spines, marbled sides, endpapers and edges. Illustrations in the text. Ownership inscription to title page in pencil. Extremities a little worn, occasional pale foxing to text block. An excellent copy. First edition, first issue, with the relevant issue points as called for by Freeman. The first issue, consisting of 1,500 copies, was published in January 1868 and was followed by a second the next month. The majority of the work consists of details about artificial selection and domestication of animals and plants but it also includes Darwin's provisional hypothesis of pangenesis in Chapter XXVII. "The term 'survival of the fittest' (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) first appeared in the Variation and in the fifth edition of the Origin of Species (1869)" (ODNB).
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The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication is a book written by Charles Darwin that was first published in January 1868. A large proportion of the book contains detailed information on the domestication of animals and plants but it also contains in Chapter XXVII a description of Darwin's theory of heredity which he called pangenesis.




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