London: Relfe & Fletcher, 1838. Contemporary blind stamped cloth. 8vo. (19.7 x 11.8 cm) Original blind stamped brown cloth; gilt labeling on spine; expert repair to head and tail of spine and inner hinges; several water spots on covers. Collation: vi, , 8-175 pp. + 2 lithograph plates. Title page has hand-colored vignette of Victoria Regina. Plates lithographed by T. H. Skelton of Southampton. Text is clean, but lithograph plates at end with moderate foxing. Dedication is to William Jackson Hooker. Provenance: Inscriptions on end papers: "Miss Mackenzie from Miss Monsset, 2nd Sept 1839; Johanna C. Harvey from her affectionate aunt & godmother, Harriet Amber, 1858." Very Good. Item #0000623
This study of plants and their anatomy and physiology is a fine introduction for understanding the adaptive qualities of plants and their various uses by man. This is an early collection of observations on innovations by plants to adapt to their surroundings.Murray was a writer and lecturer of numerous subjects that included physiology of plants. He was involved with the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Murray was industrious and wrote with facility and clearness… He was considered by Lord Brougham as one of the best lectures in the world. (ODNB) OCLC lists 3 libraries.