Publisher Information: Cambridge: 1842.
Owen, Richard (1804-92). Description of an extinct lacertian reptile, Rhynchosaurus articeps (Owen) . . . Offprint from Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 7 (1842). , 355-369pp. 2 lithographed plates. Cambridge: John W. Parker. 287 x 223 mm. Original plain wrappers, spine worn, some creasing, soiling and chipping. Edges frayed, a few marginal tears in plates not affecting the images, but good to very good overall. Presentation copy, inscribed by Owen to geologist Henry Witham (1779-1844) on the title: “H. T. M. Witham, Esqr. from the Author.” Witham's signature on the front wrapper.
First Edition, Offprint Issue. Owen, the foremost British paleontologist and comparative anatomist of the nineteenth century, gave in this paper the first description and classification of the fossil reptile Rhynchosaurus articeps, a species of herbivorous beaked lizard that lived during the Middle Triassic Period. Owen presented this copy to Henry Witham, a founder of the Royal Geological Society and the first English person to investigate the internal structure of fossil plants.Book Id: 42656