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Title:
Essay on the Theory of the Earth... 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 Descripton of Various Organic Remains, Found in That Part of the World, by Samuel L. Mitchell

Author:
Cuvier, Georges L. C., Baron

Place:
New York

Publisher:
Kirk & Mercein

Date:
1818

Description:
431 pp. With 8 plates (4 engraved in wood, 4 in copper) including the frontispiece. (8vo) 8½x5¼, period calf, new morocco spine labels. First American Edition. Essentially a translation, with additions by Jameson and Mitchell, of Vol. I of Cuvier's "Ossements Fossiles." Cuvier discusses the Deluge and various strata that display alternating marine and freshwater deposits, subtly challenging accepted Biblical conceptions of creation. He also discusses the disappearance of certain species and the sudden appearance of others. Jameson describes various "ancient rocks" and their minerals, coral islands, etc., and Mitchell contributes significant material on the geology of the eastern part of North America. There is no plate number 5, as issued. With the bookplate of John Sinkankas.

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Condition:
Contents foxed, heavily at times, top 1" of title-page torn off, affecting no text, with ink name of Carmichael remaining, else very good.


 
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122436
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