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Notebook No.20, 6 December 1828-22 December 1828

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 1
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/20

Scope and Contents

This notebook with green and pink marbled covers covers Lyell's journey from Nicolosi to Piazza. It contains notes in faint pencil and some ink on the stratification of southern Sicily; 'Duration of species'; and 'Extinction of species'. The front plate reads, "No 7, Sicily 1828, Nicolosi Dec 6th to Piazza Dec 22nd".

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, Licodia degli Monaco
p. 2, Biancaville
p. 6, Paterno
p. 6, Aderno
p. 8, La Motta
p. 16, Misterbianco
p. 26, Plain of Catania
p. 28, Valley of San Paolo
p. 30, Primosoli
p. 32, [Primosoli] section
p. 36, Plateau of Madonna di Malati
p. 38, Lentini
p. 40, [Lentini] to Villa Desononda
p. 46, LaGozzo degli Martiri
p. 46, Melilli
p. 50, [Melilli] Paroco
p. 54, Grotto's of Pantalica
p. 56, Sortino
p. 60, Valley of Anapo
p. 61, Floridia
p. 66, Ear of Dionysius
p. 66, Syracuse
p. 70, La Montagna d'Avola
p. 76, Syracuse to Alvola
p. 80, R. Anapus
p. 85, Noto
p. 86, [Noto] and Pachino
p. 90, Capo Passero
p. 93, Pachino to Spaccaforno
p. 102, Spaccaforno to Scicli
p. 104, Scogletti
p. 110, Terramuova
p. 120, Torre della Falconara
p. 122, Licata
p. 129, [Licata] to Palma
p. 131, Girgenti
p. 138, Montagna della Angeli Caltanisetta
p. 143, M. Fromaggio D[itt]o
p. 148, Piazza


  • Creation: 6 December 1828-22 December 1828


Language of Materials



190 folios

95 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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