Rare First Two Volumes of the 1rst Edition of Lyell’s Principles of Geology


Rare First Two Volumes of the 1rst Edition of Lyell’s Principles of Geology – This extremely rare and highly important, early scientific work, dated 1837, by the famed geologist Charles Lyell, is in excellent condition. Although only two out of the original four volumes are represented, this work remains highly sought after today, even in separate volumes. These two books are Volumes I and II and retain all original plates and maps. Lyell, a close acquaintance of Charles Darwin, and the famed Scottish geologist, James Hutton, had a tremendous influence on Darwin and his theories about evolutionary processes.

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet, FRS (14 November 1797 – 22 February 1875) was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularized James Hutton‘s concepts of uniformitarianism – the idea that the Earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today. Principles of Geology also challenged theories popularized by George Cuvier, which were the most accepted and circulated ideas about geology in England at the time. Lyell was also one of the first to believe that the world is older than 300 million years, on the basis of its geological anomalies. Lyell was a close and influential friend of Charles Darwin.

Perry Adams obtained numerous period medical and scientific books from an 18th century house recently sold, in Halifax County, Virginia. This is an extremely rare, early and highly important treatise on geology.