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    Charles Lyell. The Geological Evidences of The Antiquity Of Man. London: John Murray, 1863. First edition. Octavo. Publisher's pebble-grain blind-stamped greenish blue cloth. Tips a bit bruised but a beautiful copy, tight and with the gilt unfaded.

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    Charles Lyell. The Geological Evidences Of The Antiquity Of Man. London: John Murray, 1863.

     

    First edition. Octavo. [2], xii, 520, 32 [publisher's ads] pages. Complete with half-title and fifty-eight textual illustrations (including frontispiece).

     

    Publisher's pebble-grain blind-stamped greenish blue cloth with gilt spine lettering and gilt ornaments of prehistoric tools on front, brown endpapers. Bookbinder's ticket ('Edmonds & Remnants') on rear pastedown. Armorial bookplate. Tips a bit bruised but a beautiful copy, tight and with the gilt unfaded.

     

    Lyell's third great work, The Antiquity of Man, appeared in 1863, and ran through three editions in one year. In this he gave a general survey of the arguments for man's early appearance on the earth, derived from the discoveries of flint implements in post-Pliocene strata in the Somme valley and elsewhere; he discussed also the deposits of the Glacial epoch, and in the same volume he first gave in his adhesion to Charles Darwin's theory of the origin of species.



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