Lyell's Principles Of Geology : Or The Modern Changes Of The Earth And Its Inhabitants Considered As Illustrative Of Geology

Very Scarce Volume Which Influenced Darwin

Year 1850
Pages 827
Binding Hardcover
Condition Good
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John Murray, London, 1850. FIRST EDITION, thus (8th Edition, entirely revised edition.) Thick octavo (9" x 6.25") Good condition, complete and text block very tightly bound, very scarce original green cloth covers with gilt decoration and gilt titles on spine, rear cover hanging on, front cover detached, full spine cover (rarely found complete) has been reguled. With exception of very minimal foxing on endpages, virtually no foxing throughout bright white text block! Includes all original maps (including the original folding maps which are complte, firmly attached and bright) illustrated with eleven (11) additional plates and woodcuts. Lyell's geological masterpiece permanently altered humankind's understanding of the age and development of Earth. It has been suggested that Darwin's Origin of Species in large part took Lyell's theories of geological development and applied them to the natural history and evolution of living things. Indeed, Lyell's "influence on Darwin was incalculable. When the H.M.S. Beagle expedition sailed in 1831 Henslow presented Darwin with the first volume of Lyell's Principles of Geology, which had only just been published in 1830, with the strong injunction that he should 'on no account accept the views therein advocated.'. Lyell had established once and for all the uniformitarian theory of geology, which dispensed with the notion of supernatural intervention. The second volume of Lyell's book reached Darwin in Montevideo, and his constant references to the enormous influence on his thinking of this great work are typified by a letter from him to Leonard Horner saying, 'I always feel as if my books came half out of Lyell's brain.' Darwin, indeed, was intent upon carrying Lyell's demonstration of the uniformity of natural causes over the organic world." - From Printing and the Mind of Man. As complete and original a copy of this landmark work as one would hope to find. xvi + 811 pages with index plus 16 separately paginated pages of publisher's advertisements.