Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Company, 1852. First Edition. Octavo. Item #028742
Hand colored frontispiece, 511 pages. While a leading geologist of his era, the author was also a Congregational minister who believed that the Bible and geology had no contradictions. Many of his contemporary geologists of the time dismissed the Bible and found his work curious. It was not until Darwin's Origin of Species was issued in 1859 that the scientific world including geoloists of faith had to reevaluate their position. Most of the more conservatives began to admit that the genealogies probably had gaps and that the time eras were not literal seven days. Today this work remains one of the best in its tradition before the impact of Darwin. Bound in brown embossed cloth, spine lettering gilt, a couple of tiny nicks to head, the binding is near fine but there is some scattered foxing throughout, early owner's name dated 1887 to upper corner of title page.