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The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. by  CHARLES DARWIN - Hardcover - 1868 - from Antiquariat Botanicum and

The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.


Condition: Very Good

London: John Murray, 1868. Original Cloth. Very Good. First edition, first issue. Two octavo volumes. 411pp. + 32pp ads dated april, 1867 & 496pp. + (2)pp ads dated February, 1868. Illustrated. Original green cloth titled in gilt on spine, dark green endpapers. Amoral book plate of J.A. J. Barclay with owner's penciled signature on title page Vol. I and on front free end paper Vol.II. Original green cloth bindings with some fraying to ends of spines without loss, corners bumped, and minor wear to covers and edges of boards. Some break in paper along inner hinges. Text is generally free of foxing, only minor spotting on front free end paper and title page of Vol. II.

This is a scarce first issue of this significant work on artificial animal and plant selection as well as Darwin's hypothesis of pangenesis (Freeman). As noted also by Freeman, "This (book) represents the only section of Darwin's big book on the origin of species which was printed in his lifetime and corresponds to its first two intended chapters." (Freeman - Darwin, 877; Casey Wood,p.310; Pritzel, 2060.)

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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