London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer and Williams and Norgate, June 3, 1881. 8vo. 419-473 pp. FIRST PRINTING. With 3 plates and 17 woodcuts in text. Original blue printed wrappers, some minor chipping, otherwise a very good unopened copy. Item #12585
FIRST PRINTING of this extensive article on the phototropism of plants, written by Charles Darwin's son. He expounds upon a topic that his father had discussed on numerous occasions. Francis collaborated with him on the book On the power of movement in plants, which was published a year earlier, and this article is an extension of the research done with his father.
Darwin (1848-1925) was his father's assistant as well as a botanist in his own right. He was the foreign secretary of the Royal Society, a lecturer in botany at Cambridge, and served as President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He edited, and in 1887 had published The life and letters of Charles Darwin.