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MANTELL, Gideon
The Wonders of Geology; Or a Familiar Exposition of Geological Phenomena
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1848. . Sixth edition. 2 volumes. 8vo. xvi, 481, (1); (vi), 483-938 pp. one plate with some foxing, marbled endpapers and edges. Contemporary tan full calf, spines with raised bands, twin red and green gilt lettered labels, gilt to other compartments, all edges and endpapers marbled, circular bookplates and ownership inscriptions dated 1855 of Lord Eldon to the verso of the first free endpaper of each volume. Frontispiece by John Martin and 6 full page plates of which 3 are coloured including a geological map of England and Wales, plus 200 woodcuts in the text. Repairs to the upper joint, head and tail of volume I, else a very good set. One of Mantell’s most popular works. “...none did more to enhance his name among the educated public than successive editions of ‘The Wonders of Geology’, a much read, widely influential invitation to the science and its latest discoveries...”& The frontispiece, “The Country of the Iguanadon” by John Martin, is one of the earliest (the first edition appeared a decade earlier) to show a dinosaur supposedly in its natural habitat. “The genre itself... was new, and only a few paleontological localities were sufficiently well investigated to be reconstructed in such detail... [it] therefore became the first well-known attempt to re-create the actual appearance of dinosaurs... It effectively awakened Victorian imaginations to a saurian past that has continued to fascinate us ever since” Dean, 160.
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