‘Theory of the Earth; or an Investigation of the laws observable in the composition, dissolution, and restoration of land upon the globe… Read March 7 and April 4 1785,’ in Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1788, Part II, pp. 209-304, with two engraved plates.
Edinburgh: Royal Society, 1788. First edition of this epoch-making work, the foundation of modern geology. “[Hutton’s] fundamental conception, now accepted as a matter of course, but then entirely new, was the doctrine of uniformitarianism. The formation of the surface of the earth is one continuous process which can be studied..... More