Insectivorous Plants, Charles Darwin
First edition, first issue of Darwin's important investigation of "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" (Norman, 601). With woodcut illustrations by Darwin himself, as well as his sons George and Francis Darwin.
London: John Murray, 1875. Bound by Mudie with small binder's stamp to verso of front endpaper. Three quarter calf binding over marbled boards, gilt decorated spine with 5 raised bands & a black gilt lettered morocco label in the 2nd compartment, all edges marbled, marble endpapers; pp. x, 462. Front board just starting to detach, but secure, else binding remains tight, sturdy and square. Rubbing and some surface loss to leather, a bit of discoloration to spine. Minimal scattered foxing internally, else clean, bright and fine. A nice copy, scarce.