The London Quarterly and Holborn Review Volume 3

The London Quarterly and Holborn Review Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...Skiddaw and Goniston, Saddleback and Snowdon, consisted of a vast series of strata, whose geological position was inferior to the lowest Silurians of Murchison, and for which he proposes the name of "Cambrian." Finding in some of these rocks fossil remains, it follows, if Sedgwick be correct, that the range of organic life has been greater, has extended farther back into the recesses of time, and that the fossiliferous base is lower, than is supposed by Sir R. Murchison. This discussion has now been occupying geological circles for some years, and is probably the cause to which we owe the volume before us. Sir R. Murchison's first book on this subject was a bulky and unreadable quarto, as was also his allied work on Russia. Writers are beginning to learn that Methuselah has been long dead, and has left no successors; that man's years are now limited to something like threescore and ten; and that, if they hope to be read, they must learn to be brief. " Siluria " is a manageable, though rather thick, octavo volume, and will be a valuable aid to all young geologists who are anxious to master the great outlines of the subject. At the same time, we fear general readers will not find it very readable. The author rarely forgets that he is in antagonism to Professor Sedgwick; that a mighty man of war, cased in coat of mail, is before him; and that no opportunity must be lost of establishing his own positions, however trivial and uninteresting the facts may be to the diletta-nti, who merely wish to skip lightly over the surface. Hence we have page after page of detail, in which superficial readers will find little to their taste; and page after page will be turned quickly over. At the same time, the work is more

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  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910281
  • 9781236910288