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Notebook No.21, 22 December 1828-15 January 1829

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 1
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/21

Scope and Contents

This pink and blue marbled paper notebook covers Lyell's trip from Caltagirone to Naples. It is warped, perhaps from sun or moisture, and the pages appear handcut. It contains geological notes and long essays on 'Uniformity of Nature', 'Earthquakes', 'Extinction of Species', 'Changes'. The front plate reads: "No 8, Sicily 1828-9, Caltagirone 22 Dec to Naples Jan 15th." Key subjects include Earthquakes p. 176, Change by man, p. 169, Change in geological theories, p. 132, Animals and man p. 140, Change of system by man, p. 216, Immutability of laws p. 166.

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, Caltagirone
p. 4, [Caltagirone] to Grammichele
p. 6, Vezzini
p. 11, Hill of La Novera
p. 20, [Hill of La Novera] 1 [...] 1/2 E[ast] of Palagonia
p. 23, Militello to Palagonia
p. 25, Militello to Palagonia
p. 28, Lago Naftia
p. 30, Valley of Monia (section)
p. 33, Radusa
p. 37, Hill of Caropipi or Valguarnera
p. 38, Castrogiovanni
p. 52, Bella Rosa
p. 54, S. Caterina to Rocca palumba
p. 58, Valle Longa
p. 60, M. Cammerata
p. 61, Rocca palumba
p. 64, Vicari
p. 69, Bagaria (4 mi from Palermo)
p. 76, Palermo
p. 84, Shells of Trezza (Etna)
p. 91, Palermo shells
p. 104, Castrogiovanni shells


  • Creation: 22 December 1828-15 January 1829


Language of Materials



135 folios

67 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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