14 November 2007
DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). On the Various Contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are fertilised by Insects. London: John Murray, 1862. 8° (199 x 118mm). Folding plate and 33 woodblocks in text, 32p. advertisements dated December 1861 at rear. Contemporary plum cloth by Edmonds and Remnants, gilt orchid device (spine a little frayed, block slightly twisted). FIRST EDITION of the author's first botanical work. Freeman 800. With 7 other works by Darwin:
The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants. London: John Murray, 1875. 8°. 13 woodblocks. Original green cloth (rubbed, lower cover bumped, spine block slightly twisted). Second edition. This work first appeared in the the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London and then in an offprint in 1865. Freeman 836.
The Variation of Plants and Animals under Domestication. London: John Murray, 1868. 2 volumes, 8°. 43 woodblocks. Vol. I with 32p. advertisements dated April 1867 and vol. II with single advertisement leaf at end dated February 1868. Original green cloth (lower cover of vol. II ink-stained). FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Freeman 877; Norman 597.
Insectivorous Plants. London: John Murray, 1875. 8°. 30 woodblocks. (Spotting to first and last leaf.) Original green cloth (rubbed and discoloured). FIRST EDITION. Unusual in having two illustrations (figs. 7 and 8) after Darwin's own drawings. Freeman 1217; Norman 601.
The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom. London: John Murray, 1876. 8°. 3-line errata slip. (Title spotted, nick to upper margins of quire B.) Original green cloth (spine slightly soiled at head). Provenance: William H. Harris (gift inscription dated August 1883). FIRST EDITION of this complementary work to the Fertilisation of Orchids. Freeman 1249.
The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species. London: John Murray, 1877. 8°. 15 woodblocks. 32p. advertisements dated March 1877 at end. (Some tears in margins due to rough opening.) Original green cloth (extremities lightly rubbed). FIRST EDITION. Freeman 1277; Norman 602.
The Power of Movement in Plants ... assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray, 1880. 8°. 196 woodblocks. 32p. advertisements dated May 1878 at end. Original green cloth (spine a little darkened, joints rubbed). FIRST EDITION. Freeman 1325.
The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms. London: John Murray, 1881. 8°. 15 woodblocks. Final advertisement leaf. (Some pencil scoring.) Original green cloth. FIRST EDITION of Darwin's last book. Freeman 1357; Norman 603.
A COLLECTION REPRESENTING ALL DARWIN'S BOOKS ON PLANT LIFE. (8)
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