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THE FORMATION OF VEGETABLE MOULD THROUGH THE ACTION OF WORMS WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THEIR HABITS
JOHN MURRAY, LONDON 1904 - 8vo (20cm) viii + 298 pp.Green cloth boards, original jacket Thirteenth thousand [sic], 10 plates. F1389, with original dustwrapper. Clearly Freeman didn't see an example with the jacket, as it is not mentioned in his notes. CONDITION: GOOD//FINE: Cloth covers are very clean and bright, with just a little sunning to the margins of the spine. Binding tight and firm. A very light pencil inscription to front endpaper. Dustjacket is good with some minor marks and small chips and repairs to several closed tears. A rare example of a John Murray Darwin in its original jacket, with adverts on front and rear covers. Dustwrappers on Murray Darwins in any condition come up for sale very seldom. Indeed dustjackets this fine from any time in the first quarter of the 20th century, generally speaking, seldom come up for sale. The adverts on the dustjacket suggest that this was a very late issue of this last printing of Darwin's last book. Please e-mail if you would like me to send further photos to those below. The book on offer here, Vegetable Mould and Worms, is Darwin's last published book and deals with an unusual subject. It is interesting that so many copies were printed during its 1st year (1881). The 5th thousand was issued before the end of 1881, so it appears that this book sold even faster than The Origin of Species itself! This particular issue was the first time that the text figures were reproduced as plates (see example below) and the last time the title was issued by John Murray. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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