'Freaks and Marvels of Plant Life' or 'Curiosities of Vegetation' is a detailed publication, in popular form, on some of the most prominent features in current investigations of the late 1800s that contributed to knowledge of the phenomena of vegetable life. The 'labours' of Darwin in this direction are highlighted. Chapters include, Venus' Fly Trap; Pitcher Plants; Gyration of Plants; Sensitive Plants; Sleep of Plants; Dispersion; Mimicry; Mystic Plants; and Flowers of History. 97 black and white illustrations (see images 2 and 3 for examples).
Published 1882. First edition.
In general, good condition. No highlighting or other notes. Dark blue-green buckram illustrated boards with gilt lettering show some wear and slight damage, with rubbing to edges, spine ends, and bumping to corners, all commensurate with age. On ffep, owner's name and date written in pen, with small N.C.S stamp. Some foxing to page edges, and first and last few pages, although text block is generally clean and bright. A collectable item.