Sheep-Breeding Experiments on Beinn Bhreagh. Alexander Graham Bell.
Sheep-Breeding Experiments on Beinn Bhreagh
Sheep-Breeding Experiments on Beinn Bhreagh

Sheep-Breeding Experiments on Beinn Bhreagh

Baddeck, Nova Scotia: Published by the Author, 1909.

19 pp. printed on rectos only. Carbon typescript brad-bound in "Carter's Ideal Manuscript Cover," gray wraps with typed title. Inscribed to biologist Charles Davenport at the top of the front cover, signed "compliments of Alexander Graham Bell." One of an unspecified but certainly small number of copies issued in addition to the five copies listed on the bottom of the first page as a typewritten periodical dubbed the Beinn Breah Recorder.

Very Good with some edge-wear to wraps, back wrap detached at lower braid. Housed in a custom clamshell case.

Best-known as the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell's interests late in life led him to the field of genetics-- then known as eugenics-- studying the spread of traits in animals like the sheep on his estate in Nova Scotia. The handful of copies of this scarce publication that left his "Sheep Village" were sent to eminent scientific people and institutions (The Smithsonian Institution, the editor of National Geographic, botanist David Fairchild). This copy's recipient was one of America's most prominent eugenicists, Charles Davenport, director of Cold Spring Harbor Labratory. Clearly this manuscript made an impression on Davenport, for in 1910 he and Bell presented two of the sheep described herein to a New Hampshire agricultural station. Their association continued for many years in various eugenics publications and societies; Bell generally taking more humanist, voluntarist positions than his friend.

A rare signed publication from the famous American inventor and founder of AT&T with an excellent scientific association. Item #180323006

Price: $8,000.00

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