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    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 18

    LYELL, Charles (1797-1875). Principles of Geology, being an Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, by Reference to Causes Now in Operation. London: John Murray, 1830-1833. 3 volumes, 8° (213 x 130mm). Half titles in volumes I & III, 3 frontispieces, 2 coloured, 3 maps, 2 folding and 2 coloured, 5 plates, wood-engraved illustrations, tipped in at beginning of vol. III are two leaves of 19th Cent. ms. with rough coloured geological map of London-Litchfield, also note in the same hand at beginning of vol 1 on Himalayan geology. (Frontispiece to vol. I lightly browned and spotted, occasional very light spotting to text and plates.) Modern red half morocco, spines with raised bands with black morocco gilt lettering pieces. Provenance: Francis Sneyd-Kynnersley (presentation inscription to preliminary leaf from another of the family in 1889).

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    LYELL, Charles (1797-1875). Principles of Geology, being an Attempt to Explain the Former Changes of the Earth's Surface, by Reference to Causes Now in Operation. London: John Murray, 1830-1833. 3 volumes, 8° (213 x 130mm). Half titles in volumes I & III, 3 frontispieces, 2 coloured, 3 maps, 2 folding and 2 coloured, 5 plates, wood-engraved illustrations, tipped in at beginning of vol. III are two leaves of 19th Cent. ms. with rough coloured geological map of London-Litchfield, also note in the same hand at beginning of vol 1 on Himalayan geology. (Frontispiece to vol. I lightly browned and spotted, occasional very light spotting to text and plates.) Modern red half morocco, spines with raised bands with black morocco gilt lettering pieces. Provenance: Francis Sneyd-Kynnersley (presentation inscription to preliminary leaf from another of the family in 1889).

    FIRST EDITION. '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"' (PMM). The Sneyd-Kynnersley family, of Laxley Park, Staffordshire, make a brief appearance in Darwin Correspondence 1:215 & 6:394, with the note that they were old friends of the Darwins. Challinor 125; Dibner Heralds 96; Grolier Science 70; Norman 1398; cf. PMM 344. (3)


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