7 June 2006
The Property of Sir Martin Wedgwood, from the Library of Caroline Wedgwood, née Darwin (see introduction to lot 1)
DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom. London: John Murray, 1876.
8° (183 x 120mm). One diagram, 109 tables, 3 line errata slip. (Spotting to title and a few other leaves, first gathering loose.) Original green cloth, covers with blind frame, gilt spine (lower corners bumped). Provenance: PRESENTATION COPY TO CAROLINE WEDGWOOD (front free endpaper with tipped-in printed slip 'From the author'; initials 'C.S.W.' pencilled on title).
PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION TO CAROLINE. Published on 10 November, 1876, this work was a sequel to Darwin's earlier Fertilisation of Orchids. He had kept records of thousands of hand-reared plants since 1866, and his 'prodigious, painstaking experiments' made Cross and Self-Fertilisation his most ambitious plant book thus far. Freeman observes that 'it was too technical and too detailed to command a wide sale'. Nevertheless, 1500 copies had been sold before the end of the year, and a second edition appeared in 1878. Freeman 1249.
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