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The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms (1881)

by Charles Darwin

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This little book is much shorter and more easily readable than most of Darwin's works. One of his final works, it is not as bound up in the wordy Victorian style, but still he manages to have the unmistakable Darwin style, packing the small volume with myriad examples, drawings, and tons of evidence. One of the first major works on earthworms, Darwin helped establish this humble creature in its proper place as an ecologically important species. ( )
  Devil_llama | Apr 15, 2011 |
Third Thousand, 1881, Full green, polished leather
  richardhobbs | Nov 26, 2010 |
Most amazing...Darwin's theories in a nutshell, but also this is perhaps the one work in his oeuvre where the reader can most easily discover a sense of the man and his astute powers of observation and reason -- his mind at work, his humanity, and his love for nature.

His last book, it outsold "Origin of the Species" during his lifetime. ( )
2 vote Biomusicologist | Jul 11, 2006 |
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The share which worms have taken in the formation of the layer of vegetable mould, which covers the whole surface of the land in every moderately humid country, is the subject of the present volume.
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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. This text refers to the Bibliobazaar edition.

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Darwin had been intrigued by the earthworm for forty years, but it wasn't until 1881 that he produced the volume that would illuminate this unsung creature which, in its untold millions, transformed the land as the coral polyps did the tropical sea." The volume, which focused on the fascinating behavior and ecology of the earthworm, sold thousands of copies in its first weeks.… (more)

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