On The Various Contrivances By which British And Foreign Orchids Are Fertilised by Insects, And On The Good Effects of Intercrossing
First Edition, First Issue, Variant B. vi; 365(16)pp. Octavo. Bound in original brown colored cloth. Blind stamped cover and back. Gilt orchid on the front cover. Gilt lettering and decoration on the spine. Yellow coated end papers. 33 text woodcuts and one folding plate. Includes an advertisement of Murray’s Works dated May 1872. Some wear to the covers, especially on the corners and edges. Slightly faded title on spine. Binding rebacked retaining the original spine. In very good condition. Freeman 800 (Variant B). This is the first volume of evidence supporting the concept of natural selection from the Origin of Species. This book is also the only Murray Darwin between 1859 and 1910 not bound in green. This particular copy has a money order on the front free end paper, signed by Charles Darwin, to John Cattell in Westerham, Kent who was a local nurseryman from whom Darwin bought plants for many years. This copy also includes notes by Henry Person on the front end papers and pg. 366. He has also signed the title page. A wonderful copy with an uncommon ephemeral item signed by Darwin.
Author Darwin, Charles