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Old 05-02-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Playfair, John: Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth, v1.4, 30 Aug 2010

This book, 'Illustrations...' first published in 1802 by John Playfair is one of the important books in the history of the sciences because it popularized and provided strong evidence for several hypotheses about earth processes that had been proposed by James Hutton in 1788 in his obscurely written but very significant book 'Theory of the Earth'. As far as I know the only reprints of the book are facsimiles that are difficult to read because of the ligatures and long s type.

I don't know if there is any interest in the history of sciences in MobilRead, but I decided to submit it anyway because it provides a bit of diversity, and I'm sure there are a wide variety of users involved in the forum.
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v.1.1 Corrected errors in formatting section numbers.
v.1.2 Corrected numerous OCR errors, added title page, slightly changed formatting and info about the book/author.
v.1.3 Corrected minor formatting mistake
v. 1.4 Corrected minor errors, added href TOC and footnotes.

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Old 05-19-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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Today I posted v. 1.3 of John Playfairs 'Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth' with numerous corrections for OCR mistakes, a new titlepage, and a few formatting changes.
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Since no-one else has, can I offer my thanks for putting up this vitally important and sadly overlooked book...
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I didn't notice when this book was first posted, but may I add my thanks for posting it. It is indeed a seminal work in the history of science.
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Thanks HarryT and Kiwikobo! I just receive an email with your posts so I didn't know about them until yesterday. I hope eventually to post most of the significant history of geological sciences works here, at least those in pubic domain, and also will send them eventually to internet archive.
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In v. 1.4 I added internal href hotlinks for TOC and footnotes, corrected a few errors in the footnotes, and checked epub validation.
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