Publisher: John Murray, London, 1890. Hardback, 300 pages, second edition, revised, fifth thousand, with many b&w botanical illustrations. Marbled endpapers and page block edges. Cover, in brown calf with gilt lettering and design to front (Shrewsbury High School), is in poor condition. Front board is detached, spine covering is missing, rear board is attached but loose, neverthe less the actual binding is tight and firm. The book internally is in good condition for its age with firm binding, clear clean pages (text and illustrations) and no marks or inscriptions, apart from partially torn prize-giving paste down label on front free endpaper. Front free endpaper and half title page are loose (but still attached to each other and rear endpaper has split along spine with back cover just partially attached (as mentioned above). Due to the good internal condition of the book, text and illustrations (as well as rarity), it would make an ideal subject for a sympathetic rebind to restore it to its original glory, but can also be read, enjoyed and treasured as it is for Darwin's fascinating text and the many wonderful black and white detailed botanical drawings.