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Notebook No.13, 24 July 1828-23 August 1828

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 1
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/13

Scope and Contents

This brown leather notebook is written in daily entries with full page detailed sketches, and contains notes on geology of Montpellier and Nice, reflections on geological processes and the extension of Rhone delta. On pp.76-78 Lyell writes an analogy between history and geology; p.79 is titled "One state of Nature dependant on another". Front plate: No 6, France, Montpelier, to Grosail. July 24th to Aug 23rd 1828. Written in pencil and ink.

The following table of contents is Lyell's own words, copied from Lyell's own "Index", found at the beginning and end of the notebook, transcribed from digital surrogates using the platform Transkribus. When known, Lyell's abbreviations and contractions have been expanded using brackets []. When writing is unclear, and transcription is not possible, this is denoted using [...]. Quotation marks are Lyell's own notation for ditto, as is the abbreviation "d'o". The inclusion of [sic] indicates the misspelling of a word is deliberate and taken from the notebook.

Lyell's Own Index

p. 1, 11, Montpelier [sic]
p. 3, 15, 23, Aix insects
p. 8, Beauchaire
p. 12, 13, Cave of Lunel
p. 12, B. du Rhone [sic Bouches-du-Rhône]
p. 13, Cerithium
p. 13, Etangs
p. 23, Salt [Etangs]
p. 14, Gain of land
p. 17, Butte de Guardi - Aix
p. 17, Aix to Fabrielle
p. 18, Fuseau
p. 21, Legendum for Aix paper
p. 24, Aix - Drawing of hills near
p. 27, Le Boue
p. 28, Fort S[ain]t Nicholas, near Marseilles
p. 30, Marseilles
p. 32, Pass of Ollioules
p. 32, Toulon
p. 39, Antibes
p. 43, [Antibes] to Nice
p. 44, Nice
p. 46, La Trinita
p. 47, S[aint] Hospice
p. 48, R. Magnam
p. 54, R. Magnam shells named
p. 56, Sharks tooth at Savonna
p. 58, Port of Nice
p. 60, Subap[...]e coal, bay of Villafranca
p. 60, Bay of S[ain]t Hospice
p. 62, Grosail
p. 67, La Madeline, coal in blue


  • Creation: 24 July 1828-23 August 1828


Language of Materials



95 folios

42 Leaves

1 volume

Archivist's Note

Created by Elise Ramsay, Project Archivist, April 2021

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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