"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 ...
"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."
Very Good. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. xvi, 300pp. + ads. Second Edition, Revised. Bound in brown cloth with embossed black decorations on the front board and gilt lettering on the spine; this original hardcover binding is tight and square with some rubbing to the front board and spine ends. The interior is clean except for previous owner's name and location on the front fly. The text has underlining on about 50 pages; the rest of the text is clean and unmarked. NOT ex-library. Illustrated with 38 woodcut engravings. Over-all, a nice solid copy of the second revised edition in original binding.
Near Fine. Hardcover, "Second edition, revised, " 300 pages plus 8 pages of publisher's ads, illustrated with woodcuts, includes a "List of papers and books bearing on the Fertilisation of the Orchideae, which have been published since the appearance of the First Edition of this Work in 1862, arranged in Chronological Order, " original brown cloth binding with black-stamped decoration on front cover, blind-stamped decoration on back cover, and gold title on spine, this is a beautifully-preserved copy of this classic work, there is a tiny amount (insignificant! ) of rubbing at the corners, and a small white-colored "dot" (also quite insignificant) on the back cover, there are no other remarkable flaws, the binding is clean and secure, the contents are fine, a much nicer copy than is usually found and quite an addition to the serious collector's library.
Good- No Jacket. 12mo. Second edition, revised, Fifth Thousand. 300 pages, plus 32 pages of ads. Volume shows a little spine lean. Green cloth covers show a little rubbing along edges and corners are slightly bumped and worn. Top hinge (internal) is cracked and blank front free end leaf is loose. Volume remains tight and contents are otherwise clean and intact.
Very Good- No Jacket. Book 2nd edition, revised. In brown cloth with black decorations and gilt titles. Some loss of cloth at top of spine and wear to corners. Darkening to cloth on spine. Bookplate. Hinges are sound.
Very Good. Issued Without a Dust Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Second edition, revised, Fifth Thousand. 300 pages, plus 32 pages of ads. Text block is tight and complete; contents are clean and intact. This copy belonged to G. Hilton Scribner who was the Secretary of State of New York from 1872-1873 and was a cousin of the publisher Charles Scribner. His book plate resides on the front paste down. Book is overall in very good condition. It is half leather with 5 raised bands, marbled boards and matching end papers, gilt title and gilt date of 1890 at bottom of back strip. The text block is tight and complete. A bit of loss of material along the front gutter. Silk ribbon page holder.
Very Good Minus. No Jacket. 12mo. Fourth thousand, catalogue dated July 1887. Gutters cracked, though binding is firm. Some light, occasional foxing, tiny ink inscrip. to f-fep, spine darkened, else in excellent condition.
Second edition, revised. Covers and backstrip scuffed and worn. Binding slightly loose. Some dampstaining and brownspotting on a few pages. This book has hardback covers. Ex-library. With usual stamps and markings. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy.
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