The set is complete and in the original green cloth with gilt cover and spine titles and beveled edges to boards. Light minor rubbing to boards. The text is clean and bright. In very good condition.
Sir Henry Hoyle Howorth (1842-1923) was a British conservative M.P., a amateur historian and an amateur geologist. Howorth often wrote controversial articles and books. He rejected the uniformitarianism of James Hutton and Charles Lyell and attacked the ice age theory of Lyell. He defended a form of neo-diluvialism and argued that catastrophic floods had devastated large areas of the earth. He did not believe in a global flood and considered the biblical deluge just one of many flood myths to support his theory. The Glacial Nightmare and the Flood was an attempt to disparage Lyell's theory of ice ages having helped form the landscape and puts forward a theory that floodwaters were the culprits. He puts forward his theories about the cause of the drift phenomena, a layer of unconsolidated material that covers the solid sedimentary and igneous rocks in the temperate zones of Europe and North America, and strongly opposed the glacial interpretation of Louis Agassiz and argued for a violent flood as the cause.