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13 April 2006
DARWIN, Charles (1809-82). A Monograph on the Sub-Class Cirripedia ... The Lepadidae; or Pedunculated Cirripedes [The Balanidae ... the Verrucidae, etc.]. London: for the Ray Society, 1851-54. 2 volumes, 8°. 2 folding wood-engraved plates and 40 engraved plates by George Sowerby, 3 partly hand-coloured, a few illustrations in the text (many plates a little spotted at the margins). Original blue cloth, gilt and blindstamped decoration on sides, top edges gilt (head and foot of spines a trifle worn, spines faded). Provenance: H.L. Goodhart (red leather book-label).
FIRST EDITION of Darwin's only contribution to formal taxonomy, in the original Ray Society binding. 'In 1845 when he had finished preparing for publication the results of his genealogical work on the Beagle voyage, he put the species question aside and started on eight tedious years' study of the structure and classification of living and fossil barnacles. In the course of this work he acquired first-hand knowledge of the amount of variation that is found in nature, and he also made a striking discovery, that of complemental males, small parasitic males found under the mantle of larger hermaphrodite or female individuals' (DSB). Freeman 339. (2)
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