New Haven: Converse, 1831. 1st Edition. Gideon Mantell (1790-1852) was an English obstetrician, geologist and paleontologist best known for his discovery of the first dinosaur ever to be described properly -- a momentous event” (DSB, 87).
In “The Geological Age of Reptiles,” Mantell is responding to a paper by Cuvier postulating a four-stage sequence of life on earth, the age of reptiles being first. In it, Mantell writes “The earth was people by oviparous quadrupeds of a most appalling magnitude, and reptiles were the ‘Lords of the Creation,’ before the existence of the human race.”
ALSO includes Samuel Guthrie’s landmark paper on the discovery of Chloroform and Nicholas Hentz’s seminal work on spiders which formed “the basis of the study of American arachnology.”. Item #210
CONDITION & DETAILS: New Haven: Converse. Complete volume. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 inches, 213 x 138mm). 3 unrelated plates. Bound in black buckram. Ex-libris with marks at spine neatly blacked. Small ex-libris stamps on the first few pages. Tightly, solidly, and cleanly bound. Lightly toned interior; small crease down one page. Clean throughout. Very good condition.