Factors of Evolution: The Theory of Stabilizing Selection
Philadelphia: The Blakiston Company, 1949. 327 pages. Translated from the Russian by Isadore Dordick and edited by Theodosius Dobzhansky. A key work in mid-20th century evolutionary theory. ISBN: B00F2WYFP2.
First edition (first printing). A very good hardcover copy, lacking the dust jacket, but with a distinguished provenance: This copy has the ownership stamp of noted entomologist Howard E. Evans and comes from the library of Stephen Jay Gould, the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance.
Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay "A Seahorse for All Races" Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: "Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book."
We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.