Oxford: OUP, 2001. SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.xvii, 323. Hardback. Bound in yellow and navy blue paper over card boards, with image of a sheep and titles in navy to front board, blurb to rear board. Inscribed "To Tom Avery / With thanks and best wishes / from Roger Wood" to the title page; accompanied by a loose letter, in which Wood expands on the gift to Avery. Internally clean and apparently unread. Trivial shelfwear. Wood writes in the accompanying letter that an observer followed his 'progress in writing it with some amusement at the seriousness with which I considered the wooly breeders' - but this should not undermine the claims of the work to be genuinely significant to understanding the history of our understanding of evolution, adaptation, and selective breeding. Wood and Orel make the case that agriculturalist landowners like Baron Geisslern and Robert Bakewell had already assembled signficant evidence for heredity, which were under intense scientific scrutiny at the time, and that an understanding of heredity cannot be laid at Gregor Mendel's door without grasping this context. Item #46665
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