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SEBRIGHT, Sir John Saunders.
The Art of Improving the Breeds of Domestic Animals. In a Letter Addressed to The Right Hon. SIR JOSEPH BANKS, K.B.

pp. 31, (i) blank. Stitched into later wrappers with title in ink on the front cover, small ink blot in the lower margin of the title, also a small brown blot, very slight wear to the lower edge of the spine, uncut, a very good copy ex libris RICHARD FREEMAN, Darwin scholar, with his brief note on the front - 'See Origin 6ed. p.15'.

*COPAC records a number of copies in UK academic libraries but it has not appeared at any major auction in the past 25 years and is obviously scarce in commerce. SEBRIGHT [1767-1846] landowner and politician and agricultural innovator. In addition to the above pamphlet, Sebright was also author of Observations on Hawking, describing the mode of breaking and managing several kinds of hawks used in falconry, 1826; and of Observations upon the Instinct of Animals, 1836. Charles Darwin commented on Sebright's practical skill as a breeder in The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication. See also The Origin of Species, 1872, 6th. edition, Chapter one - Variation under Domestication - '.... the possibility of making distinct races by crossing has been greatly exaggerated. Many cases are on record, showing that a race may be modified by occasional crosses, if aided by the careful selection of the individuals which present the desired character; but to obtain a race intermediate between two distinct races, would be very difficult. Sir J. Sebright expressly experimented with this object and failed.' SEE : MICHAEL RUSE. Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1975), pp. 339-350.

For John Harding, 36, St. James's Street. London.

Date Published: 1809. 8vo.

Stock No. 62795

Price: 1,200.00