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The fossil remains of the animal kingdom

Cuvier, Georges; Pidgeon, Edward

Published by Whittaker, Treacher & Co, London, 1830
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Cuvier, Georges L. F. C. D. (1769-1832) and Pidgeon, Edward. The fossil remains of the animal kingdom. [4], 544pp. 49 engraved plates (some double-page, some folding), folding table. London: Whittaker, Treacher & Co., 1830. 221 x 142 mm. (uncut and partly unopened). Original blindstamped cloth, gilt-lettered spine, some spotting. Minor foxing but very good. First Edition. This work was published as Vol. XI of The Animal Kingdom: Arranged in Conformity with its Organization (1827-35), an English translation of Cuvier's Le règne animal (1817) with additional materials. The present volume is "apparently a supplement [Pidgeon] prepared for [Cuvier's] Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles" (Smith, p. 188), and includes illustrations reproduced from that work. The question of human contemporaneity with extinct fossil mammalia is discussed on pp. 21-36: "The result, then, of all our investigations serves to prove that the human race was not coeval with the fossil genera and species: for no reason can be assigned why man should have escaped from the revolutions which destroyed those other beings, nor, if he did not escape, why his remains should not be found intermingled with theirs" (p. 22). Scheuchzer's Homo diluvii testis, later shown to be the fossilized remains of an extinct giant salamander, is discussed on pp. 333-334. OCLC states that this volume is called "Supplementary volume on the fossils"; however, this notice is not present in this copy. Smith, Georges Cuvier: An Annotated Bibliography of his Published Works, no. 751 (note). Bookseller Inventory # 43607

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Title: The fossil remains of the animal kingdom

Publisher: Whittaker, Treacher & Co, London

Publication Date: 1830

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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