Sixth edition, published in 1865 by John Murray. Dark green tooled boards, with gilt decoration and titles.
Subtitled: ' The Ancient Changes of the Earth and its Inhabitants as Illustrated by Geological Monuments'. Described as greatly enlarged with 770 woodcuts. Includes an extensive index.
Sir Charles Lyell (1797–1875) was a Scottish geologist who popularised the revolutionary work of James Hutton. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which presented uniformitarianism, the idea that the Earth was shaped by the same scientific processes still in operation today, to the broad general public. Elements of Geology began as the fourth volume of the third edition of Principles: Lyell intended the book to act as a suitable field guide for students of geology. The systematic, factual description of geological formations of different ages contained in Principles grew so unwieldy, however, that Lyell split it off as the Elements in 1838. The book went through six editions,
His scientific contributions included an explanation of earthquakes, the theory of gradual "backed up-building" of volcanoes, and in stratigraphy the division of the Tertiary period into the Pliocene, Miocene, and Eocene. He also coined the currently-used names for geological eras, Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic.
Lyell, following deistic traditions, favoured an indefinitely long age for the earth, despite geological evidence suggesting an old but finite age. He was a close friend of Charles Darwin, and contributed significantly to Darwin's thinking on the processes involved in evolution.
A sticker on the inside cover is printed with the names 'F A Cobbold, Rev C B Hutchinson's'
The cover dies have some rubbing wear and bumped corners, and their are cracks/splits along the internal hinges of the boards. Other than some foxing on a few pages internally the pages are in a clean condition. Apart from the weakness on the hinges, the binding is sound binding.