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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, 1830-1832-1833. 3 volumes, 8° (212 x 132mm). Half title to volume I, 3 frontispieces (2 coloured), 3 maps (2 folding and 2 coloured), 5 plates, wood-engraved illustrations. (Frontispiece to vol. I and 4 plates at end of vol. III with very light marginal dampstaining, occasional very light spotting to text and plates.) Contemporary red half morocco, rebacked, preserving remains of original spines, marbled endpapers, marbled edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Horace Walker (bookplate).
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, 1830-1832-1833. 3 volumes, 8° (212 x 132mm). Half title to volume I, 3 frontispieces (2 coloured), 3 maps (2 folding and 2 coloured), 5 plates, wood-engraved illustrations. (Frontispiece to vol. I and 4 plates at end of vol. III with very light marginal dampstaining, occasional very light spotting to text and plates.) Contemporary red half morocco, rebacked, preserving remains of original spines, marbled endpapers, marbled edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Horace Walker (bookplate).

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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, 1830-1832-1833. 3 volumes, 8° (212 x 132mm). Half title to volume I, 3 frontispieces (2 coloured), 3 maps (2 folding and 2 coloured), 5 plates, wood-engraved illustrations. (Frontispiece to vol. I and 4 plates at end of vol. III with very light marginal dampstaining, occasional very light spotting to text and plates.) Contemporary red half morocco, rebacked, preserving remains of original spines, marbled endpapers, marbled edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Horace Walker (bookplate).

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). Challinor 125; Dibner Heralds 96; Grolier Science 70; Norman 1398; cf. PMM 344. (3)

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