Principles of Geology or the Modern Changes of the Earth and Its Inhabitants. Considered as Illustrative of Geology. Tenth and entirely revised edition. [2 volumes].
by LYELL, Charles (1797-1875).
London:: John Murray, 1867., 1867. 2 volumes. 8vo. 671, ; 649,  pp. Frontis., 6 plates, 1 folding map. Contemporary half dark green blind- and gilt-stamped morocco, marbled boards, raised bands. INSCRIBED BY JOSEPH DALTON HOOKER TO ERNEST HENRY WILSON. Very good. The best known work the eminent Scottish geologist Sir Charles Lyell. In it he expresses his beliefs concerning Uniformationism, which were in contrast to the then-popular theory of Catastrophism (modern geology incorporates elements of both theories). Lyell espouses his theories on historical changes in the climate, oceans, and geology of earth, as well as the cause of volcanoes and earthquakes. A significant part of volume 2 is spent on theories of natural selection (Lyell was a close friend of Darwin's). PROVENANCE: Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) was a British botanist and explorer and the closest friend of Charles Darwin, as well as a friend of Charles Lyell. He is regarded as the founder of geographical botany, and was awarded numerous scientific medals throughout his lifetime, including the Order of Merit, the Clarke Medal, the Copley Medal, the Linnean Medal, and countless others. He was the youngest member of the Ross expedition to the Antarctic, where he identified numerous plants, mosses, and algae. During the course of his career he also made significant botanical expeditions to India, Palestine, Morocco, and the United States, where he worked with his friend Asa Gray. / While on the Ross expedition, Hooker read proofs of Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle given to him by Charles Lyell, which he found impressive. Upon his return to England, he and Darwin began what would be a lifelong friendship. They corresponded frequently concerning the development of Darwin's theory of natural selection, and in the first edition of The Origin of Species Darwin made a point of mentioning the debt he owed Hooker for his help on the work. During the famous 1860 Oxford evolution debate, Hooker and Thomas Henry Huxley defended the theory of natural selection against the arguments of Samuel Wilberforce. / Later in life he served as the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he won many of his awards for botanical writing and research. / Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was an English botanist and explorer, who catalogued over 2000 plants during his lifetime. As a young man he worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he won the Hooker Prize (named for Joseph Dalton Hooker). His career as a plant collector began after taking a position at James Veitch & Sons, the largest botanical company in Europe at the time. During his time there he did significant botanical research throughout east Asia, while also publishing a number of popular books on botany, plant hunting, and gardening.
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