A Second Visit to the United States of North America

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Author: Lyell, Charles (1797- 1875)

Year: 1849

Publisher: John Murray

Place: London


2 volumes: [xii]+368 pages with figures; [xii]+386 pages with figures and index. Octavo (8" x 5 1/4") bound in original publisher;s brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and blind-stamped decorative edge rule to covers. (Howes: L574) First edition.

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Baronet was a Scottish geologist who demonstrated the power of known natural causes in explaining Earth's history. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology (1830–33), which presented to a wide public audience the idea that Earth was shaped by the same natural processes still in operation today, operating at similar intensities. From Liverpool to Nova Scotia, through New England, and then to the Old South, New Orleans, up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, across the Alleghenies to Philadelphia, thence to New York and back to Merry Old England with many observations on slavery and its effects.


Some fraying and chips to spine ends, corners bumped, contents unread with page folds still in tact, clean and fine. Over all a very good but scarce item.

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