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PLAYFAIR, John (1748-1819):

Published by Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1956. (1956)

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Item Description: Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1956., 1956. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. xix + Facsimile Reprint [xx, 528 pp]. Original cloth. Very Good+. Bookseller Inventory # 23045

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Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the: Playfair, John

Playfair, John

Published by Printed for Cadell and Davies, London, and William Creech, Edinburgh (1802)

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Item Description: Printed for Cadell and Davies, London, and William Creech, Edinburgh, 1802. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Edinburgh, octavo, xx, 528 p. ***CONTENT: In 1788, in a preliminary paper, and in 1795, elaborated in book form, Scotsman James Hutton presented his perceptive hypothesis about the vast length of geologic time and his conclusion that geologic processes have always operated at roughly the same rate as they do today. These concepts, later named "uniformitarianism", are foundational ideas of modern geology. Unfortunately, the general public had little exposure to Hutton's works, and his writing style was awkward and overly preoccupied with natural theology. Following the death of his friend Hutton, John Playfair (1748-1819) prepared this treatise, clarifying and amplifying Hutton's writings using direct, elegant language and a simplicity of style. He added further 'illustrations' based on his personal observations. In large part because of this volume, Hutton's theories became popularized; he is now regarded as the 'father of modern geology'. Challinor calls this work "a masterpiece of geological literature". ***CONDITION: This is a VG copy, bound in contemporary full tree calf, with gilt-decorated covers and backstrip. The covers are clean and sound, but a bit worn at the extremities. Joints and hinges tender but holding, binding very firm. The title page is toned around the margin, but the other text pages are typically fresh, clean and bright. Save for a tiny Henry Sotheran (London) bookseller's label on the front pastedown, there are no indications of previous ownership. This is one of the most important geology books ever published, and is exceedingly rare in nice condition. BMNH 1584. Ward and Carozzi 1797. Challinor, 1971, The history of British geology, p. 70. International shipping will be extra, but only at my cost. Bookseller Inventory # OG5208

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Playfair, John

Published by London Cadell and Davies 1802 (1802)

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Item Description: London Cadell and Davies 1802, 1802. Book Condition: very good. 1st Edition. 528pp. Octavo. Bound in an attractive modern full tree calf with speckled calf spine. Old marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Title page a bit soiled. Old ownership name on title page. Old stamp removed from the back of the title page. Text block very clean. very good A landmark book in the history and progress of science and geology in the 19th century, which summarized and advanced the Huttonian concept of Uniformitarianism. Uniformitarianism, the principle that natural laws operating today have always operated at roughly the same rates, including into the distant past, has informed the ideas of many scientists, including Charles Lyell and Charles Darwin. The vastly long time scales required by Uniformitarianism were essential to the success of Darwin's theory of Decent by Modification, the cornerstone to his Theory of Evolution. Rare especially in this nice condition. Bookseller Inventory # 126560

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ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE HUTTONIAN THEORY OF THE: PLAYFAIR, John. (17481819).

PLAYFAIR, John. (17481819).

Published by Edinburgh Caddell and Davies; William Creech (1802)

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Item Description: Edinburgh Caddell and Davies; William Creech, 1802. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, 1802. 8vo, approximately 210 x 130 mm, 8 x 5 inches, pages: xx, 1-528, bound in full modern speckled calf, maroon gilt lettered label to spine, gilt decoration to spine, double black rules to edges of covers, modern cream endpapers, marbled edges, housed in a marbled slip case. Pale browning and foxing to title page, pale age-browning throughout, occasional fox spot, 2 tips of corners missing, nowhere near text, tiny neat repair to top of inner margin on blank side of title page and tiny marginal repair to last page, nowhere near text, otherwise a very good copy. John Playfair was a Scottish mathematician and geologist best known for his defence of James Hutton's geological theories. This highly influential book, first published in 1802, contains Playfair's clarification and summary of Hutton's geological concepts. Playfair explains Hutton's theories on erosion and geothermal heat in rock formation and the concept of uniformitarianism in geology, illustrating these theories with his own observations on types of rock strata. Playfair's explanation was instrumental in popularising Hutton's geological theories, many of which are now recognised as key principles of modern geology. See; The History of British Geology by John Challinor, page 16; The Christies sale catalogue of the Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine, Volume 2, page 370, No. 727; Diana & Jeremy Norman Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine, Volume 2, page 621, No. 1717; Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Volume XI, pages 34-36. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. Bookseller Inventory # 20309

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PLAYFAIR, John

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Item Description: xx, 528 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Edinburgh: Cadell & Davies and Creech, 1802. First edition of "one of the most conspicuous landmarks in the progress of British geology?Playfair's fame as a scientist, however, rests almost entirely on his work in geology?in presenting Hutton's momentous theory in a clear and palatable form (which Hutton himself had failed to do)."-D.S.B., XI, p. 34. Regarding the present work, Geikie wrote: "Of this great classic it is impossible to speak too highly. After the lapse of a century it may be read with as much profit and pleasure as when it first appeared. For precision of statement and felicity of language it has no superior in English scientific literature?This consummate masterpiece. How different would geological literature be to-day if men had tried to think and write like Playfair!"-The Founders of Geology, p. 298. Fine copy. Name clipped from top blank portion of title. ? Evans, Exhibition of First Editions of Epochal Achievements in the History of Science (1934), 66. Horblit 52b. Bookseller Inventory # 3575

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PLAYFAIR, John.

Published by [Neill & Co. for] Caddell and Davies; William Creech, Edinburgh (1802)

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Item Description: [Neill & Co. for] Caddell and Davies; William Creech, Edinburgh, 1802. First edition, a beautiful copy in contemporary binding, of ?one of the most conspicuous landmarks in the progress of British geology? (DSB). ?Of this great classic it is impossible to speak too highly. For precision of statement and felicity of language it has no superior in English scientific literature.? (Evans). Very rare in such fine condition.❦Grolier, One Hundred Books Famous in Science 52b; Evans, Epochal Achievements in the History of Science 66; Norman 1717; Parkinson, Breakthroughs 241; PMM 247n.Playfair (1748-1819) was Professor of Mathematics at Edinburgh from 1785 to 1805. In 1795 he published an important edition of Euclid, containing an original formulation of the fifth postulate. ?Playfair?s fame as a scientist, however, rests almost entirely on his work in geology ?hardly a ?professional? study at the time ? in presenting Hutton?s momentous theory in a clear and palatable form (which Hutton himself had failed to do), and in adding materially to the geological knowledge of the time? (DSB). ?Playfair?s exposition and development of James Hutton?s Uniformitarian theory of the earth was largely responsible for the theory?s acceptance. Playfair believed Hutton?s theory to bea qualitative revolution in thought ? the geologic equivalent of Newton?s Principia ? but felt that its scientific principles were too much obscured by Hutton?s difficult prose and preoccupation with natural theology. Divorcing Hutton?s science from his religious ideas, Playfair presented the essential elements of Uniformitarianism in a clear, elegant and readable manner, reinforcing them with many original observations and reflections of his own. He recognized the importance of unconformity (lack of continuity between strata in contact) as a manifestation of the geological cycle, a concept at the heart of Hutton?s theory. He provided many descriptions of unconformities in England and Scotland, and made several important miscellaneous observations as well. Playfair also gave many terms their modern geological meaning, and introduced important new phrases, such as ?geological cycle,? into scientific literature? (Norman). ?The world is so complex, and the skills needed to apprehend it so varied, that even the greatest of intellects often needs a partner to supply an absent skill ? James Hutton, whose Theory of the Earth (1795) marks the conventional discovery of deep time in British Geological thought, might have occupied but a footnote to history if his unreadable treatise had not been epitomized by his friend, and brilliant prose stylist, John Playfair, in Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth (1802)? (Gould, Time?s Arrow, Time?s Cycle, p. 61).?Hutton?s theory ? postulated a cyclical history of the earth in four stages, consisting of erosion, deposition of the eroded land as strata at the bottom of the ocean, compression of the strata under the heat which lies beneath the earth?s crust, and the fracturing and re-emersion of the fused sediments to form new continents. The revolutionary nature of Hutton?s system lay in its cyclical view of geologic processes, in its rejection of the catastrophic view of the processes of geological evolution, and in its focus on the materials of the earth itself as adequate testimony to a continuous and uniform process of change? (DSB, under Hutton). Hutton?s theory was first made public at two meetings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, early in 1785, and first appeared in print in condensed form as a thirty-page pamphlet entitled Abstract of a Dissertation ? Concerning the System of the Earth, which Hutton circulated privately in 1785. The society published Hutton?s theory in full in ?Though Playfair had probably met Hutton by 1769 (both were then in Edinburgh, enjoying the same friends) and had presumably developed some kind of rapport by 1781, the most meaningful part of their association took place during the last decade of Hutton?s life. We know, for example, that Playfair had not been pr. Bookseller Inventory # 4055

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