The Wonders of Geology; Or a familiar exposition of Geological Phenomena... Revised and augmented by T. Rupert Jones. Gideon MANTELL.

The Wonders of Geology; Or a familiar exposition of Geological Phenomena... Revised and augmented by T. Rupert Jones.

London: (I) Henry G. Bohn & (II) Bell & Daldy, 1864, 66. Two volumes, eighth and seventh editions respectively, 8vo, xxiv, 479, (1); xv, (i), (481)-1019, (1) pp. Frontispiece by John Martin and 6 full page plates of which 3 are coloured including a geological map of England and Wales, plus 213 woodcuts in the text, publisher's advertisements on yellow paper at the beginning and end of both volumes. Original gilt titled maroon blind stamped cloth, volume I a slightly darker shade with remnants of an old paper label to the spine, spine ends a little worn, some other mild rubbing. One of Mantell's most popular works. "...none did more to enhance his name among the educated public than successive editions of 'The Wonders of Geology', a much read, widely influential invitation to the science and its latest discoveries..." The frontispiece, "The Country of the Iguanadon" by John Martin, is one of the earliest (the first edition appearing in 1838) to show a dinosaur supposedly in its natural habitat. "The genre itself... was new, and only a few paleontological localities were sufficiently well investigated to be reconstructed in such detail... [it] therefore became the first well-known attempt to re-create the actual appearance of dinosaurs... It effectively awakened Victorian imaginations to a saurian past that has continued to fascinate us ever since." Dean 131. Item #35068

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