Lyell, Sir Charles
Travels in North America, Canada, and Nova Scotia with Geological Observations.
Seller ID: 1725
London: Murray, 1855. Second edition, in two volumes (pp. xiii, 316; viii, 272, index). Octavo (20 cm) in green publisher's cloth, gilt titles and decorations to spine, decorations in blind. Folding colour frontispiece (Bird's Eye View of Niagara), map of Niagara, folding view of Niagara Falls, folding Fossil Mammalian Remains (clumsily repaired); frontispiece (folding colour geological map), view of coal seams in Pennsylvania, folding view footprints of birds on Bay of Fundy. Lyell's journal of his travels in eastern North America written for the general public, with remarks certainly on geological matters but also, for example, on the nomenclature of places-- traveling out of Albany, Lyell was bemused to find himself visiting Syracuse, Utica, Rome, and Parma; breakfasting at St. Helena and dining at Elba before returning to Albany via Troy. Traveling through the Carolinas, Lyell remarked on the condition of slaves (It didn't seem to worry him much, as he was wont to think of them as simple and childlike), and upon reaching Philadelphia one of several periodic financial disasters caught his attention. Quite good folding colour maps and additional illustrations in the text. With the bookplate of Sidney Edward Bouverie Bouverie-Pusey (1839- 1911), author of Permanence and Evolution: an Inquiry into the supposed mutability of animal types (London, 1882) and a critic of Darwin (ODNB). Spines sun-faded to tan, minor wear to tips and peripheries, one gathering pulled; otherwise clean and bright. A very good copy.
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