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RELIQUIAE DILUVIANAE; or, observations on the organic remains contained in caves, fissures and diluvial gravel, and on other geological phenomena, attesting the action of an universal deluge.
London, John Murray, 1824.SECOND EDITION 1824. 4to, approximately 265 x 210 mm, 10½ x 8 inches, pages: vii, (Errata on verso of page vii), 1 - 303 including index, 27 engraved plates, 3 in colour, 1 folding, 1 text illustration, bound in modern quarter morocco over cloth sides, gilt raised bands to spine, gilt ornament in compartments, gilt lettered title, new endpapers. 2 small repairs to inner margin of title page and dedication leaf, first Contents leaf has an amateur vertical repair to both sides of the inner margins plus 2 other small repairs to outer margins and some creasing, the other contents page has amateur vertical repair to inner margin of verso, small repair to inner margin of folding table, none of these repairs affect the text, tiny repair to the lower margin of the first map, small patch of pale browning affecting the inner margins of pages 1 - 16, not affecting text, tissue guards to plates, except the first map and the colour plates, the tissue covers only the images not the margins, the margins of the plates are age - browned, some light offsetting to some pages of text, tissue guards foxed, some occasional pale age - browning to text, small pale ink stamp to top of page 1, most of the text is clean, a very good copy. William Buckland is remembered as the first man to identify and name a dinosaur (although the name dinosaur had not yet been coined by Richard Owen). This was the megalosaur. Partly in response to the controversial works of Cuvier, Buckland wrote Reliquiae Diluvianae (1823) in which he argued that the evidence of geology alone demonstrated that a great flood had covered the entire globe. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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