Recherches sur l'usage des feuilles dans les plantes : et sur quelques autres sujets relatifs à l'histoire de la vegetation
Bonnet, Charles, 1720-1793
Göttingen, E. Luzac, fils, 1754
First edition of a work which has become a classic, for Bonnet was the first to demonstrate a process of breathing in plants.
Bonnet's plates, brilliantly engraved, depict plants and experiments which prove conclusively the consummation of oxygen. He also expressed the view that plants are endowed with powers of sensation and discernment, an idea which has later been taken up again by Darwin and others.
For further information, see Rudolf Wolf, Biographien zur Kulturgeschichte der Schweiz, Zürich, 1858-62, III, pp. 277.
Title-page in red and black; title vignette; head pieces; initials.
Charles Darwin's Library
QK689 .B64 1754
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