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DARWIN, Charles & Francis.
The Power of Movement in Plants.
London: John Murray,, 1880. Original cloth, from the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt with gilt decorative border at ends, covers blindstamped, brown coated endpapers. With 196 woodcuts in the text. Bookseller's ticket to pastedown. Hinges just beginning to split but still firm, a few instances of faint finger-soiling, else an excellent copy, with little darkening to spine. First edition, first issue, with 32 pp. inserted adverts dated May 1878 and with two lines of errata at the foot of page x; 1,500 copies were printed. The collaborative authorship proclaimed on the title page reflects Darwin's concern to introduce his children into the world of science. Francis Darwin had trained as a doctor but turned from medicine to botany, initially working as secretary and assistant to his father. In 1876 he had been for some months at the University of Würzburg, learning laboratory methods from Julius Sachs. "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 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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