L’HOMME ET SA RAISON D’ÊTRE SUR LA TERRE Paris, E. Dentu, Libraire-Éditeur, Palais-Royal, Galerie d’Orléans, 13 et 12.
1862. 8vo, pp. [iii]-160; paper somewhat browned due to quality, with some light marginal spotting throughout, principally affecting the upper margin; First edition of this treatise by the French scientist Antonio Snider-Pellegrini, best remembered as being one of the earliest proponents of Continental Drift. Published four years after La Création et ses mystères dévoilés (1858) in which he had outlined his theories regarding the break up of continents, the present work is a continuation and development of other themes discussed in that work, namely man’s relationship and interaction with the Earth and the atmosphere. OCLC locates copies at the British Library and the BnF only.
Condition: in contemporary green calf-backed marbled boards, with red morocco label lettered in gilt on spine, head and tail of spine nicked and lightly worn, some light wear to joints, covers scuffed, extremities and corners bumped and lightly worn; a good copy.