Leipzig: Wilhelm Engelmann, 1868. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF HOFMEISTER’S GROUNDBREAKING 1868 WORK DESCRIBING HIS FUNDAMENTAL FINDINGS ON HOW PLANTS GROW & ARE DEVELOPED. Hofmeister’s work inspired Gregor Mendel to begin his research on plant hybridization that led to Mendel’s discoveries on the inheritance of traits, the beginning of the science of genetics. Allegmeine Morphologie der Gewachse was never translated into English. This volume bears the ownership stamp of Cornelis Eliza Bertus Bremekamp (1888-1984), a Dutch botanist in whose honor a number of plants are named.
Wilhelm Friedrich Benedikt Hofmeister (1824 –1877) “stands as one of the true giants in the history of biology and belongs in the same pantheon as Darwin and Mendel” (Kaplan, The Genius of Wilhelm Hofmeister). Well ahead of his time, however, Hofmeister is by comparison virtually unknown” (Dibner 34). Still, his inspired Gregor Mendel to begin his research on plant hybridization which led to Mendel’s discoveries on the inheritance of traits, the beginning of the science of genetics.
A German botanist, "Hofmeister was a man of penetrating insight. He not only observed the constant changes in size, form and complexity that attended any embryological development: he also carried out physiological experiments and he constantly inquired: How does the observed form come to be? Here he had in mind the need to formulate explanations or interpretations, in general terms, incorporating mathematics and the physical sciences. These studies, which disclosed a new approach to morphology, were presented in ... Allgemeine Morphologie der Gewächse" (Claude Wilson Wardlaw, Essays on Form in Plants).
NOTE: We separately offer On the Germination, Development, and Fructification of the Higher Cryptogamia, and on the Fructification of the Coniferae, 1862 [Frederick Curry’s English translation of Vergleichende Untersuchungen]. Item #1236
CONDITION & DETAILS: Octavo. 664pp. Profusely illustrated with 192 drawings. Provenance: Cornelis Eliza Bertus Bremekamp (1888-1984), a Dutch botanist in whose honor the Acanthaceae genus Bremekampia and the Rutaceae species Toddaliopsis bremekampii are named. Bound in quarter cloth over the rare original wrappers which have been mounted on boards. Bound upside-down and backwards. Inside, the half title faces the title page. A small rectangle on the half title has been meticulously cut out, exactly mirroring "MIT 134 Holzchnitten" on the title page, meaning that from the person of the half-title, you can see clearly through to the mirrored area (photos available on request. Minor toning to endpapers, otherwise bright and clean throughout. An attractive copy in with original wraps.