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Lyell (Sir Charles)


Published: John Murray, London, 1845

Edition: First edition

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With Geological Observations on the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia

In two volumes

First Edition: vol 1: xiii, 1 page directions to binders, 316 pages, colour frontispiece – folding landscape, colour map, black and white folding plate from the original Utrecht edition simply repaired with tape,, folding plate opposite page 258 is badly foxed: vol II : viii, folding colour map as frontispiece, black and white plate, folding plate opposite page 168 is badly foxed, uncut edges, green cloth boards with blind stamped decoration, titled gilt on the spines, which have been simply repaired and are now very faded, the covers are worn along the edges, a good set.

Charles and Mary Lyell visited North America four times from 1841 to 1853. During the first three visits, Lyell lectured and they travelled widely. Comparisons of lecture topics covered over a decade provide insights into the rapid development of the young science of geology and of Lyell’s changing preoccupations. Included were crustal movements; uniformity of causes through time; coral reefs and oceanic subsidence; Carboniferous conditions; the early appearance of reptiles; palaeoclimate; the submergence of land and the origin of drift; biogeography; and a uniform organic plan with arguments against transmutation and historical progression.

The Lyells saw more of the United States and Canada than had most citizens. America gained from Lyell the enhancement of the stature of geology, several original contributions to the understanding of its geology, and a positive impression of the New World conveyed back to Britain. He gained many fresh geological examples for his books, published two travel journals and more than 30 journal articles and presented at least eight lectures in Britain about American geology, making him the local British authority on America..

  • Overall Condition: A good set
  • Size: 8vo (210 x130mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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