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Chambers, Robert
A COLLECTION OF 5 VOLUMES, COMPRISING:
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249
Chambers, Robert
A COLLECTION OF 5 VOLUMES, COMPRISING:
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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Chambers, Robert
A COLLECTION OF 5 VOLUMES, COMPRISING:
i) Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation. John Churchill, 1844, FIRST EDITION, contemporary calf, spine gilt, bookplate of Frances Mary Richardson Currer, [Norman 438; DSB III, p.192]; ii) Explanations: A Sequel to "Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation"... second edition. John Churchill, 1846, original cloth; iii) Ancient Sea-Margins, as memorials of changes in the relative level of sea and land. Edinburgh: W. & R. Chambers, 1848, FIRST EDITION, lithographed frontispiece (spotted), folding coloured map, illustrations, original cloth, corners bumped, rebacked--iv) Bosanquet, S.R. "Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation:" its argument examined and exposed. John Hatchard, 1845, bound after a second edition of Vestiges, contemporary calf, rubbed, joints split
and another, fourth edition of Vestiges, 8vo (5)
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Catalogue Note

"The first full-length exposition in English of an evolutionary theory came in Chambers's anonymously published Vestiges, which brought together a large variety of data from both geology and the life sciences to support the idea of the origin of species through a process of transmutation... It played a significant role in the history of mid-nineteenth century biology by making evolutionism a commonplace topic of discussion, easing the way for Darwin's Origin of Species" (Norman).

Richard Chambers and his brother William formed the well-known publishing company bearing their names in Edinburgh in 1832. Vestiges was frequently reprinted and underwent substantial revisions over time. Ancient Sea-Margins was his only work devoted wholly to geology.

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London