PALAEONTOLOGY

[Thomas Davidson, Scottish palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos Davidson') to S. P. Woodward of the British Museum Department of Geology, notifying him of various developments in the field.

Author: 
Thomas Davidson (1817-1885), Scottish palaeontologist, author of monumental 'Monograph of British Fossil Brachiopoda' [Samuel Pickworth Woodward (1821-1865) of British Museum Department of Geology]
Publication details: 
2 Grosvenor Place, Brixton. 5 May 1852.
£180.00

A good letter, breathing enthusiasm for his field of study. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. He begins by stating that he will not be calling at the Museum that week, but writes to 'drop you a line to say that I have received a very long letter from Mr [Suett?] full of details regarding Ilrigocephalus etc and in which he mentions that he can drown you with notes on Rudists'. He also refers to 'a good paper by V. Hauren on the Structure etc of Caprina Partschi' ('a synonym of Cap. Paradoxa Matheron').

[Sir Richard Owen, first Director of the Natural History Museum, London.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Richd: Owen') to 'Mr. Edgar' (Rev. J. H. Edgar, Headmaster of Temple Grove School), on the naming of Tritylodon, Aetiodactyle and Perissodactyle.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), biologist, comparative anatomist, paleontologist, first Director of Natural History Museum, opponent of Charles Darwin [J. H. Edgar, Headmaster, Temple Grove School]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park. 3 October 1883.
£250.00

The recipient, Rev. J. H. Edgar, was headmaster of Temple Grove School, East Sheen. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with light traces of glue from mount to blank reverse of second leaf. An interesting letter, casting light on the collaborative process of Victorian taxonomy. Owen is 'truly obliged' to Edgar and his 'friend Mr. Mayor' (the classical scholar J. E. B.

Eight Autograph Letters Signed from the Scottish anatomist Sir Arthur Keith to Grace Norbury, wife of Lionel Norbury, Professor of Surgery.

Author: 
Sir Arthur Keith (1866-1955), Scottish anatomist and anthropologist [Lionel Norbury (1882-1967)]
Sir Arthur Keith (1866-1955), Scottish anatomist and anthropologist
Publication details: 
Between 1948 and 1954. Six on his letterhead at Homefield, Downe, Farnborough, Kent; two on letterheads of Buckston Browne Research Farm.
£120.00
Sir Arthur Keith (1866-1955), Scottish anatomist and anthropologist

A total of twelve 12mo pages and two 4to pages. All texts clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The first letter addressed to 'Mrs Norbury', and the others to 'Grace'. After a first letter of 1948, in which he complains that he is 'becoming more & more a home dweller', the correspondence continues in 1951, with Keith thanking Mrs Norbury for a gift of sugar ('Its arrival made my housekeeper Miss Holman quite elated'), and sending Lionel Norbury encouragement on his Hunterian Oration ('My heart goes out to the Orator & to his Better Half').

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