• GEOLOGISTS - A collection of 21 autograph letters to Hugh Falconer, Joseph Prestwick and others,... Image
  • GEOLOGISTS - A collection of 21 autograph letters to Hugh Falconer, Joseph Prestwick and others,... Image
  • GEOLOGISTS - A collection of 21 autograph letters to Hugh Falconer, Joseph Prestwick and others,... Image
  • GEOLOGISTS - A collection of 21 autograph letters to Hugh Falconer, Joseph Prestwick and others,... Image

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GEOLOGISTS - A collection of 21 autograph letters to Hugh Falconer, Joseph Prestwick and others,...

GEOLOGISTS - A collection of 21 autograph letters to Hugh Falconer, Joseph Prestwick and others, by distinguished geologists and others, comprising: 1) Charles LYELL (1797-1875). An autograph letter to Hugh Falconer, signed but undated, three-pages, stating, "My dear Falconer, As I had some hours to spare here on my way to [?]Bologne I took a drive to see the Farm [?]or Park ... [?]Gambrilly mentioned in Mackie's paper in [?] Geol. Quart. Journal 1851? or 55. In the [?]brick earth there the man had dug out the horn I enclose - I also found in the Museum of the town the remain[sic] teeth & husks of the Hippopotamus (major?). The Elephant which accompanied it called [illegible word] by Mackie (named by Owen) seem to me to be G. [?]Antiques as the plates are so much wider apart ... They are finding bones close to the 'Shades' public house at the moment digging ballast ... [etc.] ... [?]sincerely, Cha. Lyell"; 2) Roderick Impey MURCHISON (1792-1871). An autograph letter, signed, four-pages, dated "5 May 1862"; 3) Robert Alfred Cloyne GODWIN-AUSTEN (1808-84). An autograph letter, signed but undated, three-pages, disparaging Charles Lyell, stating "... Lyell is an old hand at kidnapping other people's ideas and facts ..."; 4) Robert Alfred Cloyne GODWIN-AUSTEN (1808-84). An autograph letter, signed, dated, "Chilworth, April [?]", containing further personal attacks on Lyell, "... I am however truly glad that you should have thought proper to expose the spirit of appropriation and self-seeking tone which runs throughout Lyell's last work [?]thru which in respect of yourself and [?]Prestwich in particular, makes it the most flagrant piece of literary Jackdawism I have ever met with ..."; 5) Adam SEDGWICK (1785-1873). An autograph letter, signed, three-pages, dated "Cambridge [?]Nov 9, 1869", on pale blue paper, stating, "... For years I have considered myself on the 'retirement list' ..."; 6) John TYNDALL (1820-93). An autograph letter, signed, one-page, dated "16th November 1863", refusing an invitation because he will be "trying to rest my weary brain"; with two envelopes (one mourning); 7) Benjamin JOWETT (1817-93). An autograph letter to Joseph Prestwick, signed, undated, four-pages, stating, "Will you and Mrs Prestwick give me the pleasure of your company at dinner on Saturday or Sunday (June 15 or 16) at 7.30, to meet Professor Huxley?" [presumably Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95, "Darwin's Bulldog")]; and 14 other miscellaneous autograph letters, with a few envelopes. (21)