RECORD: Anon. 1868. [Review of Variation] New York Tribune quoted in American Agriculturalist, vol. 27.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe. 6.2021. RN1

NOTE: See the record for this item in the Freeman Bibliographical Database by entering its Identifier here. Darwin, C. R. [1868]. The variation of animals and plants under domestication. With a preface by Asa Gray. New York: Orange Judd and Co. Volume 1 and 2.


The work is alike adapted to the wants of the practical agriculturalist, and the student of natural history. The immense collection of facts which it presents in illustration of the scientific views of the writer, are of singular interest and value, irrespective of the peculiar theory of which he is the most able and earnest advocate, and in its present form, the original expounder.

Mr. Darwin's modesty is no less remarkable than his candor. He is an example of the humility which belongs to genuine science, and is the condition of high intellectual attainments. The execution of his work is in harmony with the characteristics of his mind. Written in a style of eminent simplicity, artlessness, and sincerity, free from abstruse reasonings or pedantic refinements, it must prove singularly attractive to the lovers of nature no less than to the scientific student.

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