POULTON, Edward Bagnall. Essays on evolution 1889 - 1907.
Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1908.
8vo. Original green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, t.e.g.; pp. xlviii + 479, 1 plate; a little spotting to endpapers, very good.
First edition. Sir Edward Bagnall Poulton (1856 - 1943) was a convinced proponent of natural selection at a time when its importance was held in doubt by early geneticists such as Reginald Punnett. Poulton was instrumental in demonstrating how the recently rediscovered work of Mendel complimented rather than invalidated the theory of natural selection and thus starting the process of the evolutionary synthesis.He provides an interesting overview of theories of heredity and recent genetic discoveries in the early chapters of this book. Poulton was best known for his work on animal coloration and mimicry, subjects that are dealt with extensively in this volume.