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To W. E. Darwin   26 January [1872]

First vol. of new Edit. of Principles has just appeared— No Edit. of Elements since 1865. But “Lyells Students’ Elements of Geology” appeared in 1871, & will I think replace the old Elements1

C. Darwin

Jan. 26th.—


The eleventh edition of Charles Lyell’s Principles of geology appeared in 1872 (C. Lyell 1872). The sixth edition of Lyell’s Elements of geology appeared in 1865 (C. Lyell 1865), and the Student’s elements of geology in 1871 (C. Lyell 1871).


Lyell, Charles. 1865. Elements of geology, or the ancient changes of the earth and its inhabitants as illustrated by geological monuments. 6th edition, revised. London: John Murray.

Lyell, Charles. 1871. The student’s elements of geology. London: J. Murray.

Lyell, Charles. 1872. Principles of geology or the modern changes of the earth and its inhabitants considered as illustrative of geology. 11th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray.


Gives information on recent editions of Lyell’s works.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
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JA 26 72
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 138
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8183,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20