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M.C. Cooke, Freaks and Marvels of Plant Life (London, 1882)


Mordecai Cubitt Cooke's Freaks and Marvels of Plant Life; or, Curiosities of Vegetation. Published in London by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in 1882. Fourth thousand printing. Green cloth hardbound copy with light green and gold embossing. Includes an image of a carnivorous plant on the front cover. With 97 line illustrations.

About unusual features of various members of the plant kingdom, including details about carnivorous plants and plant tropisms. Cooke was a botanist and mycologist. The argument holds a Christian perspective that is sympathetic to Darwin's writing, highlighting the debate between Christianity and science sparked by Darwin's theory of evolution. Book plate pasted on the inside of the front cover reads: "Moiety Grant S.P.C.K, 1901 Whitelands College Senior Prize for 1st Class in Holy Scripture, Awarded to Florence Platt, [signed] Jno. [John] P. Fannthorpe, Principal." Whitelands College began as a teacher training college for women in 1841.

(Side note: Rev. Fannthorpe knew John Ruskin well enough to give him a book, which may explain or least demonstrate his interest in mixing religion and science.)

In very good condition. Some minor wear on the corners of the covers. Light foxing on pages. Tightly bound.

463 pp.

This book measures 7 15/16 H x 5 1/2 W x 1 3/8 D inches, and weighs 1 pound 8 1/2 ounces.


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