The Very Scarce First Issue
Darwin, Charles ~ The Power Of Movement In Plants : First Issue
John Murray, London : 1880
The First UK printing published by John Murray, London in 1880. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition with the original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt with gilt decorative border at ends, covers blind-stamped and original brown coated endpapers. The hinges are just beginning to split but the binding remains very tight. Some darkening to the spine and the lower half of the front cover. Age related edge-wear with some rubbing and fraying to the spine ends, corners and the rear lower edge. A few light marks to the rear boards. Free from inscriptions and erasures. Light toning to the page edges. The correct first issue, with 32 pp. inserted adverts dated May 1878 and with two lines of errata at the foot of page 'X'. With 196 woodcuts in the text, only 1,500 copies were initially printed. 'The book was an extension of Charles Darwin's work on climbing plants and it showed that the same mechanisms can be observed in plants in general. By extending the idea of irregular circumnutation the Darwins analysed the growth movement of plants in response to factors of the environment such as light, gravity, and wounds. In addition, they demonstrated that the mechanism of curvature in both roots and shoots was the result of differential growth rates. They could also confirm that the effect of the stimuli on the growth movement was indirect and that light and gravity act on some substance in the tip of the root and the shoot, which is transmitted to other parts of the plant. Francis Darwin later refined some of the experimental techniques and modified their theoretical conclusions' (ODNB). Scarce in such collectible condition.
CONDITION: Very Good+