1842 Extinct Gigantic Sloth Mylodon Fossils Owen Paleontology Skeletons Darwin

OWEN, Richard

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Richard Owen was a 19th-century English paleontologist who is best known for his interest in extinct animals and fossil identification. One of his best discoveries was the giant ground sloth, or the Mylodon. These ancient skeletons were discovered in the plains of Argentina in 1841 and delivered to Owen to identify. He published a book regarding his observation of the Mylodon skeletons – ‘Description of the Skeleton of an Extinct Gigantic Sloth’ – a book with impressive illustrations. Curiously, it would never be reprinted after the 1842 first and only edition, which certainly creates scarcity for this highly desirable paleontology text.

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1842 Extinct Gigantic Sloth Mylodon Fossils Owen Paleontology Skeletons Darwin

 

Richard Owen was a 19th-century English paleontologist who is best known for his interest in extinct animals and fossil identification. One of his best discoveries was the giant ground sloth, or the Mylodon. These ancient skeletons were discovered in the plains of Argentina in 1841 and delivered to Owen to identify. He published a book regarding his observation of the Mylodon skeletons – ‘Description of the Skeleton of an Extinct Gigantic Sloth’ – a book with impressive illustrations. Curiously, it would never be reprinted after the 1842 first and only edition, which certainly creates scarcity for this highly desirable paleontology text.

 

Item number: #19241

Price: $1500

 

OWEN, Richard

 

Description of the skeleton of an extinct gigantic sloth, Mylodon robustus

 

London : J. Van Voorst, 1842. First, only edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • 176, [50]
    • 24 leaves of plates (as expected)
  • Provenance: Handwritten
    • John Foster Reeve, 1846
    • Lawrence, President, 1846
      • Sir William Lawrence, 1st Baronet FRCS FRS (16 July 1783 – 5 July 1867) was an English surgeon who became President of the Royal College of Surgeons of London and Serjeant Surgeon to Queen Victoria. In his mid-thirties, he published two books of his lectures which contained pre-Darwinian ideas on man’s nature and, effectively, on evolution.
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
    • Size: ~12.5in X 10in (31.5cm x 25.5cm)
    • Very rare and desirable

 

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Categories

Natural History

Medicine & Science

Authors

OWEN, Richard

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete