Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man is a book written by British geologist, Charles Lyell in 1863. The first three editions appeared in February, April, and November 1863, respectively. Antiquity of Man, as it was known to contemporary readers, dealt with three scientific issues that had become prominent in the preceding decade: the age of the human race, the existence of ice ages, and Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Lyell used the book to reverse or modify his own long-held positions on all three issues.
Second edition, published in 1863. Quarter bound in leather, with gilt decoration all round, and gilt to all three edges of the text block. The spine is slightly faded, and there is some rubbing to the boards and small marks on the edges of the text block. There is foxing inside, particularly on the first and last few pages. There is a previous owner's bookplate glued inside the front cover. A very nice copy.