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Essay on the Theory of the Earth - CUVIER, Georges - 1815. 
Translated from the French of M. Cuvierâ€¦by Robert Kerrâ€¦with Mineralogical Notes, and an Account of Cuvier's Geological Discoveries, by Professor Jameson. Four engraved plates. xvi, 332 pp., 2 leaves of publisher's ads. 8vo, cont. grey-green polished half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt, black leather lettering piece on spine. Edinburgh: W. Blackwood, et al., 1815. Second edition, "with [considerable] additions." "In 1812 Cuvier published a mammoth five volume work on vertebrate fossils. In a lengthy preliminary discourse, he discussed the implications of fossils for the history of the earth. The preface was quickly translated into English and published as Cuvier's theory of the earth, which indeed it was. Cuvier had studied and mapped the Paris basin, and he argued that the abrupt transition between formations proved that the earth had undergone successive revolutions. The radical change in fossil populations between formations was further evidence of repeated catastrophes. Catastrophism was not a new doctrine, but Cuvier was one of the first to support it by detailed fossil evidenceâ€¦ "The Essay was first published in 1813. For this  edition, a section of the Paris basin was included, adapted from another Cuvier work, but with an added limestone face as a bit of Scottish geological whimsy."-Ashworth & Bradley, Theories of the Earth 1644-1830 (Linda Hall Library: 1984), 48. A very fine and pretty copy, with half-title, from the library of Sir. Joseph Radcliffe, Bart., with his armorial bookplate. ? Porter, The Making of Geology, p. 209-this book "became the most popular general account of the Earth in Britain in the 1810s.".
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