Wright, Mrs. [Anne]

Our World: Its Rocks and Fossils

  • Later edition of this popular geology book, originally published in 1859 and proceeded by The Globe Prepared for Man; A Guide to Geology (1853). Anne Wright was the author of a number of popular science volumes, and while she took pains to emphasise the compatibility of religion and science to reassure nervous Victorian parents, her geology texts were always based on the most up-to-date science and included even the more controversial, cutting-edge theories. Indeed, in the first chapter of this book she writes of the geological epochs, "The Bible gives no information upon these vast periods of time. That book was written for our spiritual instruction, and not to teach us geology; but its words invite us to open our eyes and to look at the works of our Creator, assuring us that in noticing his ways, and in talking of all his wondrous works, we shall act according to his will..." (p. 7).

    This volume covers a breadth of material, including the structure of the Earth's crust and the different types of rocks that comprise it; how they were formed and laid down in the different geological epochs; and how they are identified and dated, including by the evidence of fossils. This volume is also copiously illustrated, with engravings depicting rock types, geological formations, fossils, and charts of strata.

  •  A Simple Introduction to Geology. Eighth Thousand. London: Jarrold and Sons, [c. 1880s.] Octavo. Original red cloth blocked in black and gilt, brown coated endpapers. Frontispiece and engravings throughout the text. Contemporary gift inscription on the front free endpaper, later ownership signature to the front pastedown. Cloth rubbed and dulled, spine slightly rolled, occasional light spots and marks to contents, two gatherings toned. Very good condition.

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