"WITH MR. C. DARWIN'S COMPLIMENTS & THANKS"
DARWIN, Charles. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. London, 1868. Two volumes.
Very rare presentation-association first edition, first issue, of Darwin’s hypothesis of pangenesis, with an autograph presentation note in Darwin's hand, on his letterhead stationery, that reads: "Dec. 24, with Mr. C. Darwin's compliments & thanks." The recipient, Joseph Prestwich, was a renowned geologist and Darwin's Kentian neighbor, friend, and correspondent. Presentation copies of Darwin's works are almost always found with an inscription in a secretarial hand; presentations in Darwin's actual hand, as here, are quite uncommon. A lovely copy in the original cloth. $59,000.