London: John Murray, 1867 & 1868. First Edition First issue. Original Cloth. The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication. London: John Murray, 1867 & 1868. First Edition, first issue. Two octavo volumes. 8vo. Original green cloth; titled in gilt on spine; binding with some wear along hinges and corners; dark green endpapers. Amoral bookplate of J.A J. Barclay with owner’s penciled signature on title page Vol. I and on front free end paper Vol. II.. Collation: Vol I – 411 pp. + 32 pp. Ads dated April, 1867; Vol. 2 – 496 pp. + (2) pp. Ads dated February, 1868. Illustrated. Text is generally free of foxing, only minor spotting on front free end paper and title page of Vol. II. Volumes come enclosed in slip case.
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.). Very Good. Item #26
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