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        The Variation of Animal and Plants Under Domestication (2 vols)

      New York: Orange Judd & Company, 1868.. First American Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good. PUBLISHING DETAILS: This is the two volume first US edition, with preface by Professor Asa Gray, published by Orange Judd of New York in 1868. 494 & 568 pages. Size: 19 x 13 cms (7.5" x 5"). Weight; 1.43 kg (3 pounds, 3 ounces). CONDITION: I would rate this set as very good. The original green buckram covers, with gilt titling to the spine, are clean and sound, with light edge and corner wear. The binding is tight and secure, with one shaken but firm signature in volume II. The text and illustrations are particularly clean and bright and free from foxing, with just some small edge marks to the prelims only of volume I. The original brown endpapers are clean and free from inscriptions or labels. All in all this is a handsome first edition of a very collectible and key Darwin work. THE BOOK: To answer the criticism that his 'Origin of Species' was a theory only, and a wild one at that, he published these two volumes to demonstrate that evolution was obvious to anyone who cared to look at a bull in a pasture or a dog on a hearth. Based on a wide array of sources, from ancient pictographs to Polish roosters, from skins and from skeletons, from scientific journals and breeding manuals, Darwin assembled a mass of proof and a hypothesis about species reversion that risked his reputation anew. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication is a two-volume compilation of his thorough and intensive research and the revolutionary conclusions that resulted. The first portion of his work is dedicated to a meticulous analysis of various aspects of plant and animal life, including an inventory of varieties and their physical and behavioral characteristics, investigation of the impact of a species' surrounding environment and the role that both natural and forced changes in this environment have had. Darwin then turns to a richly detailed discussion of the roles of inheritance and crossing in the development of species. A wealth of illustrations further support and enhance his findings. This fascinating undertaking eventually formed the foundation for our current understanding of evolution.

      [Bookseller: artful books]
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        A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations Which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union

      First edition of Cooley's magnum opus, admired by Holmes and used by him in his undergraduate course on constitutional law at Harvard, described by his principal modern biographer as "the most fecund source of laissez faire constitutional principles". Modern sheep, crimson morocco label, gilt, some markings and an occasional notation, else a very good copy; with an eight page Little Brown catalogue. Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1868.

      [Bookseller:  Meyer Boswell Books, Inc.]
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        The history of the Jamaica case,

      Chapman & Hall, London, 1868. 4 + clxiv + 679pp. 1st ed. fine in original cloth. Inscribed on prelim, 'Presented by the wish of the late Edward John Eyre formerly Governor of Jamaica Dec 6th 1901.' A very scarce book on Jamaican legal history and the Morant Bay rebellion.

      [Bookseller: Pennymead Books]
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        LEAF PRINTS: or, Glimpses at Photography

      Benerman & Wilson Philadelphia:: Benerman & Wilson,. 1868.. 8vo. 8-3/4" x 7". 1st, and only, edition (Johnson H802). 38, [2 (blank)] pp. Text pages with red-rule border.. Original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt stamped title lettering & device to front board & rear board stamped in blind. Bevelled boards.. Modest wear & soiling to binding. Crinkled ffep. Frontis tissue-. guard excised. Light foxing. A VG - VG+ copy.. An interesting, fairly-early manual on the field of photography, as it stands poised to enter its 4th decade. Himes, in 1868, was professor of natural sciences at Dickinson College; he would continue in this academic role well into the 1890s. He manifested an early interest in photography, an interest that would remain life-long. This, Himes' first published book, primarily addresses the silver process of leaf prints [i.e., no camera involved], but also the silverless processes of "Ferricyanide of Potassium (Blue)" and "Bichromate of Potassa (Brown)". At the time, not extensively used as a commercial process, 'leaf prints' would be 'rediscovered' & used effectively in the early 20th C. by such photographers as Man Ray & Christian Schad. A title scarce in the trade, with AmEx showing the last copy to auction being 1994. . Mounted 3-leaf albumen photograph as frontispiece.

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