"The object of the following work is to show that the contrivances by which Orchids are fertilised, are as varied and almost as perfect as any of the most beautiful adaptations in the animal kingdom; and, secondly, to show that these contrivances have for their main object the fertilisation of each flower. In my volume 'On the Origin of Species' I ...
"The object of the following work is to show that the contrivances by which Orchids are fertilised, are as varied and almost as perfect as any of the most beautiful adaptations in the animal kingdom; and, secondly, to show that these contrivances have for their main object the fertilisation of each flower. In my volume 'On the Origin of Species' I have given only general reasons for my belief that it is apparently a universal law of nature that organic beings require an occasional cross with another individual; or, which is almost the same thing, that no hermaphrodite fertilises itself for a perpetuity of generations. Having been blamed for propounding this doctrine without giving ample facts, for which I had not, in that work, sufficient space, I wish to show that I have not spoken without having gone into details." - Charles DarwinAsa Gray is quoted as saying, "if the Orchid-book (with a few trifling omissions) had appeared before the 'Origin' the author would have been canonised rather than anathematised by the natural theologians."
Good. 12mo. Hardcover Cloth. Second Edition. 1886. Ex-Library with the usual treatments. Text in English 300 pp. Bound in contemporary maroon cloth. Corners lightly rubbed, . Interior text is clean throughout. Binding is solid. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1876. Second Edition, Revised. 8vo. (7 x 5). 300 pp. including index. Publisher's ads. Text illustrations. The book is bound in its original brick colored brown cloth with gilt titles on the spine and black decorations. Light rubbing to the corners of binding, spine darkened a bit, otherwise very good.
Slight browning to endpapers with head of spine slightly creased and faint rubbing, otherwise clean, very good. Decent copy. 8vo. pp xvi, 300, . Original publisher's green cloth, lettered gilt at the spine and dark green on the front cover. Illustrated throughout.
Near Fine. Second Edition, Revised. c.1884. Hardcover. Green cloth, paper spine label, gilt edge. Appears to be original sheets bound in remainder boards. 8vo. 300pp. Near Fine. Mild wear at spine-ends and corners, spine label darkened, tiny bit of offsetting to endpapers, contents clean and unmarked.
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