The Power of Movement in Plants. Charles Darwin.
The Power of Movement in Plants

The Power of Movement in Plants

John Murray, 1880. 1st Edition. Hardcover. In Darwin's penultimate work he aims "to describe and connect together several large classes of movement, common to almost all plants" (Introduction). This text is interesting in that it "contradicted the results of Julius Sachs, stimulating an argument that disintegrated into a nationalistic contest between Darwin's old-style country-house observations and the new laboratory-based physiological research emerging in the German states" (ODNB). 7 ¾" x 5". Green cloth boards, gilt titles on spine, presumed original brown endpapers. Half title, page of advertisements for Darwin's previous works, full title, copyright, [v]-x contents, [1]-592, [1]-32 publisher's advertisements in rear. Title page dated 1880, two lines of errata on page x, advertisements dated May 1878. Condition: 1 ½" wrinkle to cloth at head of spine, cloth at head and tail of spine bumped, all corners bumped, fore-edge corners at head starting to fray, gilt titles on spine remain bright and intact. Previous owner's bookplate affixed to paste-down endpaper, front hinge starting to crack, second free endpaper has glued bibliography slip from prior bookseller that caused creasing to that page only, which also has prior owner's signature, pages still uncut page 217. Text is free notes or other markings. Front and rear free endpapers have some spotting. Overall a tight, attractive copy despite light wear. Near Fine. Item #2019-J350

Price: $1,600.00

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