DARWIN, Charles Robert. The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species. London: William Clowes and Sons, Limited for John Murray, 1884.
8vo. Original green cloth, boards with blind-ruled borders and panelled in blind, gilt spine, brown endpapers; pp. xxiv, 352; wood-engraved text illustrations; a very good, bright copy. Provenance: front prelim with ink ownership signature of Louisa Aldrich-Blake (1865-1925). Aldrich-Blake's record as a pioneering woman in medicine is second to none. She was the first British woman to receive the degree of Master of Surgery, was the first person to perform surgery on rectal and cervical cancers and volunteered for frontline medical service in the First World War. She was instrumental in bringing more women into the profession as Dean of the London School of Medicine for Women and consulting surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. She was made a Dame in 1925 and her legacy is marked by a statue in Tavistock Square
Third thousand. The present work is one of the author's most technical publications, exploring some very genetically complex examples, and presents work originally published in the Journal of the Linnaean Society. The second edition "of 1,250 copies, appeared in July 1880 with a new preface which surveys the recent literature, and in which Darwin states that `the text has been left as it originally appeared excepting that a few errors have been corrected'. This is then the definitive text" (Freeman, p. 155). However, this thousand carries the first printing of a preface by Francis Darwin that brings the literature up to date.