London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886.
Quarto, two volumes (one of text, one of plates), [ii], viii, 128, [vi], 144 pages; and [iv], 34 plates (3 single-page and one double-page, uncoloured, and 30 double-page chromolithographs), each with a leaf (verso only) of explanatory text.
The text volume is bound in early full morocco lettered in gilt on the spine, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; leather rubbed at the extremities, with a little wear at the corners and the ends of the spine; a very good copy (internally excellent). The plate volume is bound in early half calf and cloth, with the spine lettered in gilt with a contrasting leather title-label; leather a little rubbed at the extremities and worn at the corners; cloth a little marked and unevenly sunned; leading edge of one double-page plate and its caption leaf lightly chipped; a very good copy, with the superb plates in excellent condition.
Preaching to the converted: 'Rotifers are microscopic aquatic animals of the phylum Rotifera. Rotifers can be found in many freshwater environments and in moist soil, where they inhabit the thin films of water that are formed around soil particles. The habitat of rotifers may include still water environments, such as lake bottoms, as well as flowing water environments, such as rivers or streams. Rotifers are also commonly found on mosses and lichens growing on tree trunks and rocks, in rain gutters and puddles, in soil or leaf litter, on mushrooms growing near dead trees, in tanks of sewage treatment plants, and even on freshwater crustaceans and aquatic insect larvae' (Örstan, 1999, quoted online at University of California Museum of Paleontology website).