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Cuvier, [Georges] [et al.]
Essay on the Theory of the Earth, [&c.], with mineralogical notes, and an account of Cuvier's geological discoveries, by Professor Jameson; to which are now added, Observations on the Geology of North America; illustrated by the description of various organic remains, found in that part of the world, by Samuel L. Mitchill. [First edition].
Kirk and Mercein, 1818. New York, octavo, xxiii-431 p. and 9* engraved plates. ***CONTENT: Baron Cuvier, sometimes referred to as the "father of paleontology", was a fervent opponent of evolution by natural selection. In this classic treatise, he provides fossil and geologic evidence for global catastrophic events (floods, volcanism, crustal deformation), and resultant cyclical extinctions and creation of new life forms. Considerable attention is devoted to human bones, the Noachian deluge, and the theorized recent age of the Earth's surface. Although it presents a catastrophist viewpoint, Cuvier's "Essay" superbly emphasizes the critical role that fossils play in revealing the natural history of the Earth. Fossil vertebrates are described systematically herein, and Jameson provides illustrative descriptions of geological formations and processes. Mitchill's contributions, covering 100+ pages, provide an early, valuable summary of eastern American geology and fossils. The plates illustrate noteworthy fossils, including mammoths and mastodons from American strata. ***CONDITION: This is a near Fine copy, bound in 20th c. half calf and marbled boards, with an ornate, gilt-decorated backstrip with a gilt-lettered maroon title label. The covers are pristine; spine gilt decoration and lettering bold and bright. Joints and hinges solid, binding firm. Light spotting/offsetting to some text pages and plates (as typical), but most pages are fresh, clean and bright. *The plate of mastodon tusks is duplicated in this copy. No evidence of previous ownership. This is a complete, very han … [Click Below for Full Description]
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