DARWIN, Charles Robert. Insectivorous Plants. London: William Clowes and Sons for John Murray, 1893.
8vo. Original green cloth, boards with blind-ruled borders and panelled in blind, gilt spine, brown endpapers; pp. xiv, 377, text illustrations after the author and George and Francis Darwin; slight bumping to extremities, uncut, very good.
Second edition, sixth thousand. "Darwin investigated the function and significance of carnivorous habits in certain species of plants, discovering that their ability to trap and digest insects was an adaptation enabling them to survive even in extremely poor soil. He noted that the cells of these plants possessed a capacity for irritability and response similar to that of the nerve and muscle cells of animals" (Norman); in this study of the adaptation of insectivorous plants to poor conditions, the work makes a significant contribution to evolutionary theory.
Freeman 1227; Norman 601; Waller 11489.