Patrick Pollak

Antiquarian and Rare Books, Manuscripts, Images and
Related Items

Back


LYELL, Sir Charles.
Principles of Geology; or, the Modern Changes of the Earth and Its Inhabitants Considered as Illustrative of Geology.

Description:
pp. xvi, 811, (i). Frontispiece, 7 maps [4 folding], 4 plates, 100 text figures. New cloth, heavy foxing at the front and on some of the plates, book-plate of MALCOLM & MOLLY SPOONER, signature of GREVILLE JOHN CHESTER, 1851 and CHARLES DARBY, 1893.

*MOLLY SPOONER [1914-1997], internationally recognized expert on oil spills, served as a researcher at the Scottish Marine Biological Association Laboratory, Milport (194245), as a part-time Plymouth school teacher (195558) and as a Marine Biological Association Laboratory researcher at Plymouth (196776); researched food chains of a marine benthic community for PhD and the antifouling of ships; assisted husband on a study of dwarf oak trees in Wistman's Wood; after the Torrey Canyon accident west of the Scilly Isles, worked with a team to study the effects of the oil spill; was one of the 1st to recognize that the use of dispersants could cause more harm than the effects of the oil alone; appointed advisor on oil pollution precautions and procedures for Department of the Environment (1973). Made Member of the Order of the British Empire (1977). MALCOLM SPOONER [1907-1989], born in Yelverton in 1907 and educated at Charterhouse and Christ's College Cambridge where he graduated with a first in zoology in 1929. He had attended Easter Classes at the Plymouth Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association on several occasions before his graduation and it was to this Laboratory that he came to work as a Student Probationer in October 1929. In 1931 he was appointed to the staff and did early work on the genetics of gammarids. He was an able mathematician and during the Second World War was recruited to the team set up to break the German codes. For this work he was awarded the MBE. In 1943 he married Molly Mare and they enjoyed a long and devoted partnership. After the war Malcolm returned to research at Plymouth and carried out pioneering studies on the uptake of radio-active fission products by seaweeds and marine animals. He was also very involved in the running of the Easter Classes at Plymouth and for many years edited the Journal of the Marine Biological Association. He retired in 1972 only to become more involved in his other interests. GREVILLE JOHN CHESTER (18301892), an Oxford alumnus and ordained clergyman, devoted the latter half of his life to travel and exploration in Egypt and the Levant, where he collected archaeological artefacts for the British Museum and other institutions. His devotion to Oxford University led him not only to become a prodigious donor to the Ashmolean Museum, but to intervene actively in the debate on the future of the museum and of the teaching of archaeology within in the University in a period of change.

John Murray. London.

Date Published: 1850. Eighth and Entirely Revised Edition.

Stock No. 65365

Price: 250.00

Enquire