Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. John PLAYFAIR.

“This Great Classic”

Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth.

xx, 528 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Edinburgh: Cadell & Davies and Creech, 1802.

First edition of “one of the most conspicuous landmarks in the progress of British geology…Playfair’s fame as a scientist, however, rests almost entirely on his work in geology…in presenting Hutton’s momentous theory in a clear and palatable form (which Hutton himself had failed to do).”–D.S.B., XI, p. 34.

Regarding the present work, Geikie wrote: “Of this great classic it is impossible to speak too highly. After the lapse of a century it may be read with as much profit and pleasure as when it first appeared. For precision of statement and felicity of language it has no superior in English scientific literature…This consummate masterpiece. How different would geological literature be to-day if men had tried to think and write like Playfair!”–The Founders of Geology, p. 298.

Fine copy. Name clipped from top blank portion of title.

❧ Evans, Exhibition of First Editions of Epochal Achievements in the History of Science (1934), 66. Horblit 52b.

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 3575

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