The JOURNAL Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. ['On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum Salicaria' - Charles Darwin] - as in Freeman, 1731.; Vol. VIII.
The JOURNAL Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. ['On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum Salicaria' - Charles Darwin] - as in Freeman, 1731.; Vol. VIII.
The JOURNAL Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. ['On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum Salicaria' - Charles Darwin] - as in Freeman, 1731.; Vol. VIII.
The JOURNAL Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. ['On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum Salicaria' - Charles Darwin] - as in Freeman, 1731.; Vol. VIII.
The JOURNAL Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. ['On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum Salicaria' - Charles Darwin] - as in Freeman, 1731.; Vol. VIII.
The JOURNAL Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. ['On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum Salicaria' - Charles Darwin] - as in Freeman, 1731.; Vol. VIII.
The JOURNAL Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. ['On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum Salicaria' - Charles Darwin] - as in Freeman, 1731.; Vol. VIII.

The JOURNAL Of The LINNEAN SOCIETY. BOTANY. ['On the Sexual Relations of the Three Forms of Lythrum Salicaria' - Charles Darwin] - as in Freeman, 1731.; Vol. VIII.

London. "Sold at the Society's Apartments, Burlington House; and by Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green; and Williams And Norgate." 1865. 1st Edition. iv, 279, [1 blank] pp. Illustrated with lithographs by W[alter]. [Hood] Fitch (1817-1892). 8-3/4" x 5-6/8". Period binding, stamped in gilt to back strip, black ink stain to all edges. A VG copy. Boards and edges are rubbed/(scuffed), some tears to the paper wrapped boards, soiling to boards and back strip, blue ink inscription to ffep - possible previous signature, some soiling to end papers, embossed library stamp to head of title page, age toning to leaves (especially edges), water damage to fore-edge of leaves as well as a bit to tail -going towards middle of leaves, water damage is most noticeable on the leaves with illustrations (see photos), joint to lower board a bit tender, overall internally clean and bright. Item #46463

Charles Darwin's paper "On the Sexual Relations..." was first read June 16, 1864; This is the first publication of this informative paper on his studies on reproductive botany. Written after his seminal work "On The Origin Of Species".

Walter Fitch was a botantical illustrator from Scotland. Fitch's illustration have appeared in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, most publications issued by Royal Botical Gardens Kew, George Bentham's 'Handbook of the British Flora', James Bateman's "A Monograph of Odontoglossum" and William Hooker's "A century of Orchidaceous Plants". "Fitch was made a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1857." [wiki].

The previous owner inscription reads "Skipper Kent 1953". Skipper Kent was a restauranteur in the San Francisco Bay Area, owning Zombie Village in Oakland and Skipper Kent's in San Francisco. These "tiki" inspired restaurants were his pride and joy as he was already and avid collector of Polynesian art and artifacts. Kent was also an avid orchid collector, so we suspect this was in his library at one time, with his interest in botany.

The embossed library stamp comes from the library of Herman Knoche (1870-1945). Knoche was born in San Jose, California and studied botany at Stanford University. He moved to France to further his studies at University of Montpellier; his particular interest was island vegetation.

Price: $500.00