First Edition of Charles Darwin's Insectivorous Plants
Item Number: 82348
London: John Murray, 1875.
First edition of this classic work by Darwin. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine, illustrations by Darwin and his sons, George and Francis Darwin. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
Insectivorous Plants is a classic Charles Darwin essay on botany in which Darwin states, "during the summer of 1860, I was surprised by finding how large a number of insects were caught by the leaves of the common sun-dew (Drosera rotundifolia) on a heath in Sussex. I had heard that insects were thus caught, but knew nothing further on the subject." The book chronicles Darwin's experiments with various carnivorous plants, in which he carefully studied their feeding mechanisms. Darwin tried several methods to stimulate the plants into activating their trap mechanisms, including feeding them meat and glass, blowing on them and prodding them with hair. He found that only the movement of an animal would cause the plants to react, and concluded that this was an evolutionary adaptation to conserve energy for prey and to ignore stimuli that were not likely to be nutritious. He also discovered that while some plants have distinct trap-like structures, others produce sticky fluids to ensnare their prey and concluded that this was an example of natural selection pressure resulting in various methods for food capture.
Other Books by this Author
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine. From the library of French paleontologist William Alexandre Ooster with his bookplate to each volume. Ooster authored several works on paleontology in the late 19th century including his best-know 1863 title “Petrifications Remarquables Des Alpes Suisses; Synopsis Des Echinodermes Fossiles Des Alpes Suisses.” In excellent condition with light rubbing to the extremities with the spine gilt bright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF CHARLES DARWIN'S THE DESCENT OF MAN; From the library of Egyptologist Percy E. Newberry
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth. In good condition, rebacked, marbled board slipcase. Publisher’s embossed presentation stamp on titles; contemporary signature of Neville Goodman on half-titles; bookplates of the Egyptologist Percy E. Newberry. Newberry served on the Tutankhamun excavation team for several seasons. His speciality was the botanical specimens from the tomb, on which he would briefly report in the second volume of Carter’s The Tomb of Tutankhamen. on the front pastedowns. With noted provenance.
Rare original carte-de-visite and signature of one of the most influential figures in human history" Charles Darwin
Rare Charles Darwin signature framed with an original carte-de-visite by Herbert Rose Barraud, London. Double matted and framed. The carte-de-visite measures 4 inches by 2.75 inches. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 23 inches. Taken by Barraud in 1881, the present carte-de-visite was likely the last photograph of Darwin, taken one year before his death in 1882. Rare and desirable. A handsome presentation.
First American edition, first issue of Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man; from the library of legendary aviator Steve Fossett
New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1871.
First American edition, first issue of the first of Darwin’s works in which the term “evolution” appears (Freeman 941). Octavo, 2 volumes, original publisher’s cloth, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt. From the library of Peggy and Steve Fossett with their bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In near fine condition. Desirable and with noted provenance.
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities and bottom of the cloth, spine gilt bright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First Edition of Darwin's The Formation Of Vegetable Mould, Through The Action of Worms, With Observations On Their Habits
London: John Murray, 1883.
First edition, first issue of Darwin’s final work, published shortly before his death. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. In near fine condition. A sharp example of this work by the leading mind in evolutionary biology.
“Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends": Rare Second Edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
London: John Murray, 1860.
Rare second edition, second issue, in Freeman’s binding variant “a” of Darwin’s magnum opus. Freeman 376; Norman 594. Octavo, original publisher’s green cloth. In excellent condition with the spine gilt bright, contemporary owner’s signature to the title, marginalia on pages 72 and 132. A nice example.
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man": Rare Autograph Note Signed by Charles Darwin to Alfred Russel Wallace
Rare autograph note signed by Charles Darwin to fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. The note reads, “Oct. 27 Down, Beckenham Kent Can you tell me Mr. Fr. Geach’s address? I want to send him my book.” With the address in Darwin’s had on the verso: “A.R. Wallace The Dell Grays Essex.” The two leading figures in the development of the theory of evolution through natural selection, Darwin and Wallace’s theories differed slightly. Darwin argued that competition between members of the same species led to adaptation, while Wallace asserted that environmental pressures led populations of various locations to diverge. In 1858, Darwin and Wallace published a joint publication: On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection,’ the content of which Darwin would develop into his magnum opus, On the Origin of Species, published the following year. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a photograph of Darwin. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 13.5 inches. An exceptional example linking two of the leading minds in the theory of evolution.
New York: D. Appleton and Company , 1897.
Octavo, bound in three quarters red morocco over marbled boards. Top edge gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Engraved plates, numerous other illustrations throughout, maps and charts. In excellent condition.
New York: Everyman's Library, 2012.
First edition, later printing of these two groundbeaking works by Darwin. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Richard Dawkins on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Introduction by Richard Dawkins.
“Poor little doggie, you saved HIS child!”: First Edition of Mark Twain's A Dog's Tale; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First edition of Twain’s famous dog story. Octavo, original cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with wear and tear and some writing on the front panel. Illustrations by W. T. Smedley. BAL 3483.
Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes and Pilote de Guerre; Each Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1931-42.
Early printings of Saint-Exupery’s first four books. Octavo, four volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page. In the author’s first novel, Courrier Sud, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” In his second novel, Vol de Nuit, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot, “Pour Madame Stokes, cher que’on retrouve une atmosphere de France en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In his third novel, Terre des Hommes, which went on to win the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, “Pour Madame Stokes, en souvenir d’une epoque recuse ou la Terr des Hommes etait en pix et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” And, finally, in Saint-Exupery’s Pilote de Guerre, his memoir of his role in the French Air Force as pilot during the Battle of Paris in 1940, “Pour Madame Stokes, ces souvenirs d’une pilot de ligne change en Pilote de Guerre et en hommage respectueux, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” Each volume is in very good condition. An exceptional collection.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1971.
First edition in English of Habermas’ classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jurgen Habermas on the front free endpaper. Sociologist Daniel Bell’s copy, with his signature and his extensive notes throughout. Translated by Jeremy J. Shapiro. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket desiged by Richard C. Bartlett.
Henry Landau's All's Fair: The Story of the British Secret Service Behind the German Lines; Signed by Him
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1934.
Early printing of Landau’s biography of his time in the British Secret Service. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Captain Henry Landau.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Uncommon signed.