DescriptionCharles Darwin Autograph Memorandum Signed: " Ch. Darwin", 1.5 pages, 5" x 8", separate conjoined sheets. Headed by Darwin: "Index for Mr Darwin's work on the Variation of animals & Plants under Domestication." In full: "The names of all animals & plants to be given in Index. The names of all the authors, with very brief statement of subject- There need not be very copious references to the subjects discussed, as the Heading of Chapters show this. But when the same subject is alluded to in several places; it is highly advisable that it shd be given in Index. Thus I remember that Pelonic flowers or Pelonism is referred to in 3 or 4 places. My Book certainly requires a good index in an eminent degree." Mounting remnants on top of verso of second page. In very fine condition. Presented in a 5.5" x 8.5" folder with silk-covered boards, titled on cover in gilt lettering: "Charles Darwin/Autograph Memorandum Signed/regarding/ 'Variation of Animals & Plants/under Domestication'".
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication" was published by Darwin in two volumes in 1868. After his "Origin of Species" (1859) seemed to affront both scientists and clergy, Darwin, after thorough and intense research, sought to show the impact of a species' surrounding environment, whether animal or plant, and the role that both natural and forced changes in this environment have had. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection.
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