London: Printed for Ric. Wilkin at the Kings-Head in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1695. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very good+ condition. Item #019762
Imprimatur leaf, [xiv], 277 pages of text, followed by [ii] pages of publisher's advertisement. Original full leather binding with minor shelfwear. Armorial engraved bookplate of George Baillee, dated 1724, with his name handwritten on the title page, and a few of his notations on the front endpapers. Wing 3510. The author "asserted unequivocally that fossil remains that had been found in rocks were definitely the remains of living animals and plants, a view not universally held at that time. [His] essay was widely read both in Great Britain and, in translation, in other European countries ...and... contributed towards establishing that strata throughout the world are, generally speaking, similar in character, a conclusion necessary before any acceptable theory of the origin of the rocks of the crust of the earth could be formulated." Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 193mm x 107mm (7 9/16" x 4 9/16"). First edition.