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David Attenborough THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS First Edition Signed

£35.00
First edition first print hardback published by BBC Books in 1995. Signed to a previous owner by Attenborough on the half title page
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First edition first print hardback of THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PLANTS (A Natural History of Plant Behaviour) by David Attenborough and published by BBC Books in 1995. Signed (to a previous owner) by Attenborough on the half title page.

The book is in very good condition (red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine) with light bumping here and there. The first 30 pages have been cut slightly smaller (by a few milimetres) than the rest of the pages due to an error during production. No text is affected. The book is in a very good unclipped dust jacket which has light creasing to the edges. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no other inscriptions.

Based on the immensely popular six-part BBC programme, this book offers what writer/filmmaker David Attenborough is best known for delivering: an intimate view of the natural world wherein a multitude of miniature dramas unfold. In the programme and book, both titled The Private Life of Plants, Attenborough treks through rainforests, mountain ranges, deserts, beaches, and home gardens to show us things we might never have suspected about the vegetation that surrounds us. With their extraordinary sensibility, plants compete endlessly for survival and interact with animals and insects: they can see, count, communicate, adjust position, strike, and capture.

Attenborough makes the plant world a vivid place for readers, who in this book can enjoy the tour at their own pace, taking in the lively descriptions and nearly 300 full-color photos showing plants in close detail. The author reveals to us the aspects of plants' lives that seem hidden from view, such as fighting, avoiding or exploiting predators or neighbors, and struggling to find food, increase their territories, reproduce themselves, and establish their place in the sun. Among the most amazing examples, the acacia can communicate with other acacias and repel enemies that might eat their leaves, the orchid can impersonate female wasps to attract males and ensure the spreading of its pollen, the Venus's flytrap can take other organisms captive and consume them. Covering this remarkable range of information with enthusiasm and clarity, Attenborough helps us to look anew at the vegetation on which all life depends and which has an intriguing life of its own. He has created a book sure to please the plant lover and any other reader interested in exploring the natural world.


320 pages including Illustrations, Acknowledgements and Index

ISBN: 0563370238

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Specifications
  • Type:
    Signed Books
  • Weight:
    1.19kg
  • Product Code:
    4252
  • Condition:
    Used
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