London: John Murray, 1830. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8vo). Very good condition. Item #019745
Three volume set. Complete with 3 frontispieces (2 colored), 6 plates (1 colored) and 2 folding maps (1 colored), bound without the half-titles. Vol I: published in 1830; [iii]-xvi, 511 pages including and index, followed by [i] page of publisher's advertisement. Vol II: published in 1832; xii, 330 pages of text including an index. Vol III: published in 1833; [iii]-xxxii including Errata, 398 pages of text, followed by 110 pages including an Appendix, Glossary and Index, followed by [i] page of publisher's advertisement. Rebacked retaining the original backstrip, with original leather corners moderately worn; one leather spine label (of 6) lacking; original marbled paper-covered boards somewhat worn, with matching marbled endpapers and marbled closed page edges. There are numerous (but not profuse) small spots of soiling and/or staining, including minor foxing to the texts. Previous owner's name neatly on front endpapers. Signed binding: S Ratcliffe Raversham. The most important geological book on the 19th Century, a copy of which was in Darwin's possession on the voyage of the Beagle and served as his model for scientific method and uniformitarian theory. 216mm x 137mm (8 1/2" x 5 3/8"). Dibner 96. Sparrow, Milestones of Science, 140. Geikie, The Founders of Geology, 281-292. Zittel 189-197. Horblit 70. First editions of 1830, 1832 and 1833 in uniform bindings.