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The Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man
London: John Murray,, 1863. With remarks on theories of the origin of species by variation. Octavo (214 × 138 mm). Near-contemporary green half calf, marbled sides, red speckled edges, orange endpapers. Woodcut frontispiece, one plate, woodcut illustrations to text. Faint inscription to verso of half-title. Spine faded, tips slightly worn, spot of wear to front hinge, a little scuffing to boards, evidence of bookplate removal to front pastedown, occasional light foxing to contents; a very good copy. First edition. The book ran to three editions in the year it first appeared. In it, Lyell synthesised the evidence for the earliest humans in Europe and North America. "Lyell's book was unique among contemporary scientific works in the geographic and disciplinary breadth of its synthesis ... he unified data from many areas under a single hypothesis [and] also reached beyond the intellectual frontiers of geology, drawing connections between the geological evidence for human antiquity and the data collected by archaeologists, anatomists and linguists".
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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