The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom.London: John Murray, 1876 Stock Code: 142069
In the original clothFirst edition. Darwin's research on fertilisation in plants was an offshoot of his work on evolution and natural selection. To demonstrate that genetic variation gave organisms an advantage in the struggle for survival, he performed experiments demonstrating that self-fertilisation weakened plants in comparison with those that had been cross-fertilised.
Darwin considered this volume to be a complement to his 1862 book, Fertilisation of Orchids, though this one was more technical and the initial print run was low, with only 1,500 copies selling in the first year.
Octavo. Original green cloth, covers panelled in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt.
Complete with 3-line errata leaf. Diagram and 109 letterpress tables in the text.
Lightly rubbed, small black mark to front cover, endpapers toned around extremities, rear hinge split but holding. A very good tight copy, the cloth and gilt bright, contents clean and unmarked.
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