London: Chatto & Windus, 1884. 8vo. xi, 311 pp., plus 32 pp. publisher's catalogue. FIRST EDITION. Coloured frontispiece and 100 illustrations. Original cloth, uncut. Item #3078
First edition of a marvelous parable of the plant world. The book manages to explain the complex workings of vegetable life in layman's terms by presenting sound botanical observations and scientific background in a charming and vivid style. The work includes tales that illustrate heredity, natural selection, and adaptation, important in a period marked by feverish debate over Darwinian theories.