“A Turning-Point in the History of Geology”–Geikie

“Theory of the Earth; or an Investigation of the Laws observable in the Composition, Dissolution, and Restoration of Land upon the Globe…Read March 7 and April 4 1785,” pp. 209-304 & two engraved plates, with a printed leaf of “Explanation” in Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. I [complete]. Engraved vignette on title, four engraved plates (two folding). xii, 100, 336, 209 pp., 1 leaf of errata. Three parts in one vol. Large 4to, cont. polished calf (joints very carefully repaired, corners a bit worn), spine gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spine. Edinburgh: J. Dickson, 1788.

The first publication of the “full” text of Hutton’s epoch-making essay of the theory of the earth, illustrated with two engravings of geological specimens. This is one of the greatest works in the history of geology. Hutton makes few references in the Abstract to the evidence on which he based his theory. It is here, in this journal appearance, in which he fully presents his ideas regarding fossils and geological time.

Also contained in this volume (on pp. 41-86 of the same part) is Hutton’s “The Theory of Rain” which is another valuable contribution to science, as original in its own way as his geological work. In it Hutton gives the modern explanation of rain as caused by the condensation of water vapor in the air.

Nice copy. Bookplate of Sir John Deas Thomson.

❧ Adams, The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences, pp. 238-45. Dibner, Heralds of Science, 93. D.S.B., VI, pp. 577-89. Geikie, Founders of Geology, pp. 280-316. Horblit 52a–(first book appearance of 1795). Linda Hall Library, Theories of the Earth, 38. Printing & the Mind of Man 247n. Sparrow, Milestones of Science, 107 & p. 24. Zittel, pp. 68-73.

Price: $8,500.00

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