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Manuscript Papers relating to Published Works, c1840-c1855

 Series — Box: Lyell Temp Box 3.14
Identifier: Coll-203/B18

Scope and Contents

Contains extensive autograph manuscript drafts of texts, with cancellations, revisions and additions, and loose illustrative plates and maps:

  1. 'On the Geology of some parts of Madeira' by Sir Charles Lyell. Notes on text about Las Palmas, Canary Islands. Index to Notebook 195.
  2. Original packaging 'Original Geological MS Notes of Sir Charles Lyell (Lady Lyell preserved these - as she was asked at times for autographs, and as time advances, they may be still more valuable)'. Portion of the working manuscript for 'The Antiquity of Man'
  3. Bibliography of Charles Lyell's writings
  4. List of suggested corrections and amendments by Charles Darwin to the Fifth Edition of 'A Manual of Elementary Geology' 1855
  5. Offprint of the supplement to the Fifth Edition of 'Manual of Elementary Geology'
  6. Illustrations from Sir Charles Lyell's Geology including lithographs, prints and a small number of ink and wash illustrations of various geological subjects and places - Niagara, Madeira
  7. Plate illustrations from 'Principles'. Original drawing by Lyell of the pillars at Serapis, plus copies of the printed plates of volcanic district of Naples, Vesuvius, The Weald, Molucca and Sunda Islands, map showing the position of the land and sea which might produce the extremes of heat and cold in the climates of the Globe; view of St Lawrence; small copy of the Strathmore map; Niagara; Chara from the marl lakes of Forfarshire; Etna; volcanoes in Catalonia, coloured frontispiece from Lyell’s Elements of Geology (London: John Murray, 1838) of a section of a Volcano [similarities with sketch by Lyell of Goatfell, Arran in Scientific Notebook 62]; Runn of Cutch and Lake of Sindree; Line of Coast of Ostend to Rugen; map showing the extent of surface in Europe which has been covered by the sea in the Eocene period; map showing the extent of land in Europe covered by water since the commencement of the deposition of the older Tertiary strata.
  8. Rain-drop woodcuts and a printed list of the Athenaeum membership 1824
  9. Part of the Manuscript of the Principles of Geology. Handwriting not exclusively Lyell's. They have used the blank reverse of letters sent to him at Kinnordy October 1822, and University of London, no date
  10. Manuscript notes for Appendix
  11. Notes for chapter 19 of Principles of Geology


  • Creation: c1840-c1855



11 folder (part of 1 archive box (14 of 18); 11 folders)


The arrangement reflects the original order in which the collection was received from Sotheby's, excepting the file of papers of biographical interest which was a false series, and items from the biographical interest file have been incorporated into relevant series such as correspondence, and finance. Printed pamphlets, annotated journal articles; correspondence and a Special Report on the New York Industrial Exhibition (1854) were removed from this series and were incorporated into the relevant series.

Custodial History

This series forms part of the Sir Charles Lyell papers which were transferred to the University of Edinburgh by the executors of the late Charles Lyell, 3rd Baron Lyell, after his death on 11 January 2017 via the UK HM Revenue and Customs Acceptance in Lieu of Inheritance Tax scheme. These papers were retained in private hands by the Lyell Family at Kinnordy House, Angus, Scotland and then briefly in the care of Sotheby's Auction House before their transfer to the University of Edinburgh in 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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