Miller, Hugh; Footprints of the Creator or the Asterolepis of Stromness:…From the third London edition. With a Memoir of the Author by Louis Agassiz. Boston, Gould and Lincoln, 1850. Octavo, pp. xliii, 337, 16, 58 woodcuts.
The work is complete and in the original stamped brown cloth with gilt spine titles. The binding is tight and very clean, titles bright, the contents are clean and bright. Book plate of John Paul on paste down. In near fine condition.
Hugh Miller (1802-1856) was a Scottish geologist and lay theologian who was considered one of the finest geological writers of the 19th century and whose popular writings were widely successful in arousing public interest in geology and geologic history. In his Foot-Prints of the Creator, Miller expresses his belief that the Earth was of great age, and that it had been inhabited by many species which had come into being and gone extinct. Although he believed the succession of species showed progress over time, he did not believe that later species were descended from earlier ones.