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Sedgwick, Adam by Clark, JW & Hughes, TM

The Life and Letters of the Reverend Adam Sedgwick, Cambridge, The University Press, 1890, 1st edition. 2 volumes, 534 + 640pp. HB with polished brown cloth covers, gilt-stamped titles on spines. Slight shelf-wear and bumping, minor tears to top of spines from pulling off shelves. Sound spine and binding but end papers have split along hinge. Portraits at ages 47 and 82 are frontispieces to respective volumes. V1 includes double page colour print  geological map of northwest England showing his lines of section (but no sections shown here), a hachured topo map centred on Dale of Dent and 6 other plates. V2 includes 3 woodcuts. In good condition.


Lyell, Charles by Lyell, Mrs.

The Life, Letters and Journals of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart.; author of ‘Principles of Geology’, etc ed. Mrs Lyell (sister-in-law), publ. John Murray, London, 1881, 1st edition. 2 volumes, 475 + 489 pp. HB with blue cloth with gilt-stamped titles on spines. Bumped and shelf-worn, Sound spine and binding but end papers have split along hinge. Vol 1, two plates incl portrait frontispiece. Vol 2, frontispiece missing, one other plate. In good condition.


  • Charles Lyell
    Bailey, Edward

    Charles Lyell, 1962. In ‘British Men of Science’ series, Nelson, London. Hardback, green cloth covered boards, gilt lettering. Text clean, signature of owner on front free end paper. Dust jacket clean and unworn. All in very good to near fine.

    Another copy in good condition at £12

  • Charles Lyell
    North, FJ

    Sir Charles Lyell; Interpreter of the Principles of Geology, 1965. In ‘Creators of the Modern World’ series. Arthur Baker, London. 128pp. Hardback, orange cloth covered boards. No dust jacket. Clean, unworn, in very good condition


  • Charles Lyell
    Wilson, Leonard G

    Charles Lyell, the Years to 1841: The Revolution in Geology,1972, Yale University Press, New Haven. 553 pp. Hardback, blue cloth covered boards with gilt lettering; clean, unworn in very good condition, with dust jacket in good condition - minor tears neatly repaired.


  • Robert Logan Jack
    Jack, Felicity

    Putting Queensland on the Map: the life of Robert Logan Jack, Geologist and Explorer, (2008, 1st edition), UofNSW Press, Sydney. 275pp. Hard cover with dust jacket, as new, fine condition.

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      Robert Logan Jack was a Scottish geologist who emigrated to Australia in 1877. He worked as Government Geologist in Queensland for almost thirty years, undertaking difficult and perilous expeditions to remote parts of the continent. He made groundbreaking discoveries that advanced Queensland's mining and agricultural industries and contributed to the its economic development. Putting Queensland on the Map is the first book to chronicle Jack's extraordinary life and work. Written by his great-granddaughter Felicity Jack, it uses maps, drawings, letters and photographs to offer a fascinating glimpse into Jack's geological expeditions and the social conditions of rural Queensland in the late nineteenth century


  • Hugh Miller
    Borley, Lester (ed)

    Louis Agassiz; a Life in Science, publ. U.Chicago Press, first edition, 1960. 449pp. HB in very good condition, with minor tears and wear to dustjacket.


  • Agassiz, Louis
    by Edward Lurie

    Celebrating the Life and Times of Hugh Miller; Scotland in the Early 19th Century, ethnography and folklore, geology and natural history, church and society, 2003. Cromarty, Cromarty Arts Trust. 352pp. ISBN 0 906265 33 9. A collection of 30 papers presented to an international bicentenary conference heled in Cromarty in October 2002. Paperback, as new.


  • Banks, Joseph
    by Patrick O’Brian

    Joseph Banks; a Life, publ DR Godine, Boston, 1st US edition, 1993. 328pp. Ex-library with stamps on front end-paper, HB, slight wear. Dust jacket in excellent condition protected
    by Library plastic cover.


  • Brunel, Isambard
    by Adrian Vaughan

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Engineering Knight-Errant, publ. John Murray, 1997. 285pp. PB, in as new condition.


  • Clod, Edward
    by Joseph McCabe

    Edward Clodd; a Memoir, publ. Bodley Head, London, 1932,1st edition. 219pp. HB, bumped corners, age toning of pages and foxing of page edges and end papers. Clodd (1840-1930) was a self made man in the City, who became a prolific writer and populariser of evolution. He wrote biographies of Darwin, Wallace and Huxley. This books strays into hagiography.


  • Deprat, Jacques
    by Roger Osborne

    The Deprat Affair: Ambition, Revenge and Deceit in French Indo-China, publ. Jonathan Cape, London, 1999, 1st edition. 244pp. HB, new with dustjacket. Deprat was a rising star in the geological world of the early 20th century whose career was ruined by accusations of ‘planting European fossils in a SE Asian collection. The story of the alleged fraud, its repercussions and Deprat’s survival are a fascinating story, told by a master story-teller in history of geology world. I couldn’t but the book down.


  • Dick, Robert
    by Samuel Smiles

    Robert Dick, Baker of Thurso, Botanist and Geologist, publ John Murray, London, 1878, 1st edition. 436 pp + 6pp adverts. HB with green cloth covers with gilt-stamped titles on spines. Portrait frontispiece and 13 plates, all present, and numerous woodcuts. Foxing to titlepage and frontispiece and light foxing of pages near front and back. Otherwise clean. In good condition.


  • Enstein, Albert
    by Antonina Vallentin

    Einstein: a Biography, publ. Weidenfield and Nicolson, London, 1954, 1st English edition. Translated from French  by M.Budberg. 219pp. HB, in very good condition, slight age toning of paper, dustjacket is in fine condition.


  • Flamsteed. John
    by DH & SP Clark

    Newton's Tyranny: the Suppressed Scientific Discoveries of Stephen Gray and John Flamsteed, publ. WH Freeman, New York, 2001, 1st edition. 188pp. HB, as new. This fascinating study of a forgotten piece of science history exposes the dark side of a flawed genius and celebrates the ultimate triumph of two unsung heroes.


  • Forbes, James
    by Frank Cunningham

    James David Forbes; Pioneer Scottish Glaciologist, publ. Scottish Academic Press, 1st edition, 1990. 329pp. HB with dustjacket in very good condition.


  • Horrocks, Jeremian
    by Peter Aughton

    The Transit of Venus: the Brief, Brilliant Life of Jeremiah Horrocks, Father of British Astronomy, publ. Phoenix, London, 2005. 242pp. PB, as new.


  • Humboldt, Alexander von,
    by Aaron Sachs

    The Humboldt Current: a European Explorer and his American Disciples, Oxford University Press, 2007, 1st edition. 496pp. HB in black cloth covered boards, with gilt-stamped title. DJ. All in as new condition


  • Hutton, James
    by Stephen Baxter

    Revolutions in the Earth; James Hutton and the True Age of the World, publ. Phoenix, London, 2004. 245pp. PB, as new.


  • Hutton, James
    by Stephen Baxter

    Revolutions in the Earth: James Hutton and the True Age of the Earth, Phoenix, London, 2004, 1st PB edition. 245pp.


  • Hutton, James
    by Jack Repcheck

    The Man who found Time; James Hutton and the Discovery of the Earth’s Antiquity, publ. by Simon & Schuster, London/New York, 2003. As new but without dust jacket.


  • Hutton, James
    by Gordon Craig et al

    James Hutton – Present and Future, publ. Geological Society, special publ'n 150, 1999. HB in as new condition. This book provides a partial record of events at the Hutton section of the Hutton-Lyell bicentennial conference held in August 1997.


  • Huxley, Thomas
    by Cyril Bibby

    Scientist Extraordinairy; the Life and Scientific Work of Thomas Henry Huxley, 1825-1895, publ. Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1972, 1st edition. 208pp. HB, clean, sound binding, in very good condition. General wear to dustjacket, in good condition. In his lifetime, TH Huxley was a legend for his brilliance, his subtlety as an interpreter of the world of living things and has a vociferous debater. Bibby focuses on the range and depth of his scientific achievements.


  • Huxley, Thomas
    by LeonardHuxley

    Thomas Henry Huxley; a character sketch, publ. Watts and Co, London, 1920, 1st edition. 120pp. Slightly bumped, binding sound, slight age toning, otherwise in very good condition. No dustjacket. This is a personal approach by the son, also an eminent biologist, to a major figure in the controversy that surrounded the subject of evolution. One in a series of Life-Stories of Famous Men,.


  • Mantell, Gideon
    by Sidney Spokes

    Gideon Algernon Mantell, LLD, FRCS, FRS, Surgeon and Geologist, London, 1927, 1st edition. 263pp. HB, blue cloth-covered, gilt-stamp titles to front cover and spine. Slight shelf-wear. 7 plates incl 3 portraits of Mantell, and 3 wood cuts. Slightly foxed throughout. In good condition


  • Newton, Isaac
    by James Gleick


    Isaac Newton, publ. Fourth Estate, London, 2003, 1st edition. 289pp. HB, as new, minor tear to dustjacket.


  • Paxton, Joseph
    by Kate Calquhoun

    A Thing in Disguise: the Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton, publ. Harper, 2004. 307pp. PB, as new. Creator of the Crystal Palace.


  • Phillips, John
    by Jack Morrell

    John Phillips and the Business of Victorian Science, 2005. Aldershott: Ashgrove. 437pp. Blue printed paper covered boards. Ex library with bar code and sign-out slip. Apparently unread. Very good, nearly new. Out of print and difficult to find at a reasonable price.

    £130 SOLD

  • Silliman, Benjamin
    by Chandos Brown

    Benjamin Silliman; a Life in the Young Republic, publ. Princeton UP, 1989, 1st edition. 377pp. HB with dustjacket in new condition. Silliman (1799-1864), founder of the American Journal of Science, was geologist, chemist, educator and entrepreneur. His story is set in the context of his age in the new USA.


  • Skempton, Alec
    by Judith Niechcial

    A Particle of Clay; the biography of Alec Skempton, Civil Engineer, publ. Whittles, Caithness, 2002, 1st edition. 208pp. HB with dustjacket in as new condition. Skempton effectively established soil mechanics in the UK in the mid 20th century and is a major figure in engineering geology. Written by his daughter while he was alive and involved, it covers the scientific and engineering achievements very well.


  • Tyrell, Joseph
    by Heather Robertson

    Measuring Mother Earth, publ, McLelland & Stewart, Toronto, 2007, 1st edition. 348pp. HB, as new with dustjacket. The career of the geologist JosephTyrell (1858-1957) spanned the opening of the Canadian West, the Klondike Goldrush and the development of the mining industry of Ontario. He discovered Albertosaurus, and the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology, a world class museum, is named after him.


  • Clodd, Edward

    Pioneers of Evolution, publ. Cassel, 1907, 2nd edition. 252pp. HB with green cloth covers, gilt-stamped titles on spine and cover. Slight shelf-wear and bumping, minor tears to top of faded spine. No figure list; 4 plates. Concerns early thinkers from Greece through Renaissance  to Darwin, Wallace, Spencer and Huxley. In good condition.


  • Lenard, Philipp

    Great Men of Science; a History of Scientific Progress, publ. Bell, London, 1954. Translated from German by HS Hatfield. 389pp. HB, slight age-toning and corners bumped, no dustjacket, otherwise, in good condition. 44 essays from a paragraph to 25pages in length. From ancient Greece to the end of the 19th century. Introduces many European scientists, not well known in the UK.


  • Smiles, Samuel

    Lives of the Engineers, George and Robert Stephenson: the Locomotive, publ John Murray, London, 1904, ‘popular’ edition (1st was 1887). 510 pp + 4pp adverts. HB with red cloth covers with gilt-stamped titles on spines. V1, portrait of Geo frontispiece and 6 plates, all present, and numerous woodcuts. Foxing to title page and frontispiece and light foxing of pages near front and back. Otherwise clean. In good condition.


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