Lot 316: Charles Lyell

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:04:44

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Lot 316: Geologist (1797–1875) referred to as the 'father of modern geology,' and close and influential friend of Charles Darwin. ALS signed "Cha Lyell," one page, 3.75 x 6, February 12, 1867. Short letter to H. Jenkins. In full: "If you are not already invited will you accept an invitation from me to dine as my guest at the anniversary of the Geological Soc'y on Friday next (15th inst.)." In fine condition, with some scattered light soiling and a couple of pencil notations. Founded in 1807, the London Geological Society is the oldest known geological society in the world. After serving a term as president of the society, Lyell befriended Darwin upon his return on the Beagle—between January 1837 and March 1838, Darwin became a central figure in the Geological Society, presenting four papers on his Beagle findings and serving as the group's secretary. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453 Sunday, 17th May 2015 Estimate: $200-400
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