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Notebook No.15, 14 September 1828-9 October 1828

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 1
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/15

Scope and Contents

This notebook, with marbled brown covers, documents Lyell's trip from Verona to Florence, Italy. It includes geological notes, discussion on the object of geology; Action of Earthquakes; Modern causes; observation on the Colours of fossil shells, sketches of maps and routes, Breccia and shells, Hippopotamus jaw 160, illustration. The front cover plate is titled; "No 2 Italy 1828. Verona Sept 14th, Florence Oct 9th."
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. 3, Verona to Montecchio Maggiore
p. 3, Calviero
p. 3, Montecchio Maggiore
p. 8, Castel Gomberto
p. 16, Val negra
p. 10, Monte Bolca
p. 26, 49, Vicenza
p. 32, M. Viale
p. 41, Arqua (Euganeans)
p. 46, Monte Rosso (D[itt]o)
p. 54, Euganeans
p. 56, Feolo (D[itt]o)
p. 58, Barbarano (D[itt]o)
p. 71, Ponte de Veja
p. 76, Jari + Logo (D[itt]o)
p. 78, Verona to Mantua
p. 83, Parma
p. 140, Bolonia to Pietra Mala
p. 142, Pianoro
p. 148, Pietra Mala to Coviglioni
p. 156, Viano (n'r Val d'Arno)


  • 14 September 1828-9 October 1828


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Biographical / Historical

This is the eighth notebook of 1828 and covers 14 September 1828- 9 October 1828 while he toured Italy performing fieldwork. Lyell arrived in Italy with Roderick Impey and Charlotte Murchison following their tour of France and parted from the Murchisons at Verona. During this tour, Lyell compared geological phenomena and found similarities in observations made in Forfarshire, Paris, and the southern coast of France and Italy. Roderick Impey Murchison presented a joint paper on their research to the Geological Society of London in December 1828. This trip is central to his development of Principles of Geology (1830-1833).


212 folios

106 Leaves

1 volume