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Notebook No.22, 16 January 1829-8 February 1829

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 1
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/22

Scope and Contents

Of brown leather, this notebook contains fragmentary geological notes. Notes also include subjects like the age of plants; aigration of plants; various short essays. The front cover plate is titled "No. 9 Italy 1829 Naples Jan 16th to Geneva Feb 8th". Lyell writes primarily in pencil, with some ink illustrations.

Scope and Contents

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. 5, Naples
p. 8, Rome
p. 11, Villa Mellina
p. 11, Villa Madama
p. 19, Laghetto di Tartari
p. 21, Travertine quarries
p. 21, River Anio
p. 23, Chiese la Madonna di Quintiliolo
p. 24, Temple of Vesta
p. 25, Grotto di Neltuno
p. 29, Sybils temple
p. 31, Cascade of Tivoli
p. 37, Frascate
p. 39, Tivoli
p. 39, Solfatara
p. 39, Hill of Albano
p. 41, M. Mario
p. 46, Tartaro spring
p. 48, Civita Vecchia (hot spring)
p. 55, Monte Pincio (Rome)
p. 55, River Vela (divides Tuscany from Roman states.)
p. 57, Santa Fiora
p. 59, St. Quirico
p. 64, Yellow sand fossils Sienna
p. 67, Sienna
p. 69, Sienna Porta Camoglia
p. 73, Sienna Staggia
p. 73, Sienna Catiglioncella (section)
p. 75, Poggibonsi
p. 79, S. Casciano/Barbarino [sic] section
p. 80, Scopetti (bet[ween] Florence + Poggibonsi)
p. 83, Carrara
p. 84, Genoa
p. 90, Caddibona coal- (Cordier)
p. 95, R. Les WsesR. Charran/Roumilli bet[ween] Aix and Geneva - section
p. 168, Time proved by succesi[on] of Volcan[oes]


  • Creation: 16 January 1829-8 February 1829


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Notebook No. 22 was kept by Lyell between 16 January 1829 - 8 February 1829. In February, on his way back to Britain from Paris, Lyell found that Gerard Deshayes (1797-1875) had pre-empted his ideas on the Tertiary formations. Lyell turned this to his advantage by paying Deshayes to identify all his fossils and to integrate the results into Deshayes's much wider survey. For the rest of the year, Lyell concentrated on the manuscript of the Principles of Geology.


175 folios

87 Leaves

1 volume

Archivist's Note

Created by Elise Ramsay, Project Archivist; Nicky Monroe, Cataloguing Volunteer, April 2021

Repository Details

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