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Darwin, Charles

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  • Darwin, Charles
  • On the various Contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. John Murray, 1862
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Printed Book
8vo, FIRST EDITION, one folding plate, illustrations, 16pp. advertisements at end dated May 1872, original cloth gilt, text slightly soiled, some erasures from title, binding rebacked retaining most of original spine, new endleaves


Henry Peirson, nineteenth-century signature on title


Freeman 800; Grolier Club, Darwin (2004), p.22

Catalogue Note

PASTED INTO THIS VOLUME IS A MONEY ORDER SIGNED BY CHARLES DARWIN, to John Cattell in Westerham, Kent, a local nurseryman from whom Darwin bought plants for many years. This copy also includes a number of notes by Henry Peirson, the book's owner, pasted to the upper endleaf and p.[366], the latter listing "13 orchids of 9 genera grew within 1 mile of Darwin's house at Down".