The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. Second edition, revised. Eighth thousand. With illustrations.
by DARWIN, Charles.
London:: John Murray, 1893., 1893. Two volumes. Small 8vo. xiv, 473, ; x, 495,  pp. Illus., index. Original full deep red morocco, stamped in gilt, a.e.g., by J. Low, Binder Bookplate of Alice Hillingdon [plate sign W.P.B.]; Award-plate mounted on front pastedown, “The Daniel Reardon Prize ... to Mr. Frederick Hindle ... to Mr. Frederick George Hindle, of Darwen, April 1899.” A bit rubbed; very good +. RARE DELUXE FORM OF THE DARWIN VOLUMES. With a hand-painted watercolor hidden under the fanned edges of these volumes one finds: [I] a vertical scene, bisected with two vignettes, one being a portrait of “Darwin in 1840” and the other a view of the HMS Beagle – the surrounding areas being a hand-painted continuation of the marbled endleaves, painted onto the fanned fore-edge. [II]: vertical views containing two vignettes: a portrait of “Darwin in 1880” and the other a view of Down House, Darwin’s home. Painted, England, ca. 1990s. PROVENANCE: Frederick George Hindle (1848–1925), Liberal Party politician in the United Kingdom, served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Darwen, Lancashire (January 1910 - December 1910). Lady Alice Hillingdon was married to Charles Mills, 2nd Baron Hillingdon, from 1886; her portrait was made by Frank Dicksee in 1905.
(Inventory #: FF203)
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