Insectivorous Plants.

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London, John Murray, 1875. 8vo (190 x 125mm). pp. x, 462, with 30 figures in the text. Publisher's green cloth.

First edition, first issue

First edition, first issue. "These meticulous studies form a minor contribution to the evolutionary series by the study of the adaptations of such plants to impoverished conditions. Darwin was helped by various physiologists and chemists in the experimental work, particularly by Professor Edward Frankland of the Royal College of Chemistry. His sons helped with the illustrations, George doing those for Drosera and Dionaea and Francis those for Aldrovanda and Utricularia. He himself was no draughtsman, but text figures 7 and 8 were cut from his drawings" (Freeman p. 149). A fine copy, the frontcover with some slight discolouration.

Provenance: Bookplate of H.F. Bienfait.

Freeman 1217.