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From Edmund Mojsisovics von Mojsvár   28 April 1878

Kaiserlich-Königliche | Geologische Reichsanstalt | III., Rasumoffskygasse 3. | Vienna,

April 28th. | 1878.

Dear Sir!

I have taken the liberty, to send to your adress, by book post, some of my former paleontological publications, and the first part of my book, in course of publication, on the Geology of Southern Tyrol.1 This book intends to demonstrate the structure and extension of the Coral Reefs of the Triassic Period. In the first Chapter I tried to show the way, which the paleontological-geological inquiry has to go, in the mind of Your Theory, and to elucidate the true nature of the “imperfection of the Geological Record”.2 I would feel very much honoured, and greatly rewarded for my trouble, if You would be kind enough, to communicate to me in a few lines Your views on this Essay.

With the highest respect, I remain, | dear Sir, | Your | obedient servant | Dr. Edm. von Mojsisovics | [Mojsisovics]3

Charles Darwin, Esq. | Down, Beckenham.

Footnotes

Mojsisovics von Mojsvár’s book Die Dolomit-Riffe von Südtirol und Venetien (The Dolomitic reefs of South Tyrol and Veneto; Mojsisovics von Mojsvár 1878–9) was being published in parts. There are six parts, inscribed by the author, in the Darwin Library–Down House. Mojsisovics von Mojsvár also sent a map, Geologische Übersichtskarte des tirolisch-venetianischen Hochlandes zwischen Etsch und Piave (Geological outline map of the Tyrolian-Venetian highlands between Etsch and Piave) and two earlier palaeontological works (Mojsisovics von Mojsvár 1873–5 and 1874).
CD had devoted chapter 10 in Origin to a discussion of the imperfection of the geological record (Origin 6th ed., pp. 264–89). For Mojsisovics von Mojsvár’s explanation of gaps in the fossil record, see Mojsisovics von Mojsvár 1878–9, pp. 7–9.
Mojsisovics von Mojsvár was evidently trying to clarify the spelling of his name, which ran into the margin at the first attempt, but the second is barely legible.

Bibliography

Mojsisovics von Mojsvár, Edmund. 1873–5. Das Gebirge um Hallstatt. Part 1. Die Molluskenfaunen der Zlambach- und Hallstätter Schichten. 2 vols. Vienna: K. K. Geologische Reichsanstalt.

Mojsisovics von Mojsvár, Edmund. 1878–9. Die Dolomit-Riffe von Südtirol und Venetien: Beiträge zur Bildungsgeschichte der Alpen. Wien: Alfred Hölder.

Origin 6th ed.: The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

Summary

Sends the first part [of Die Dolomit-Riffe von Südtirol und Venetien (1878–9)], which explains the coral reefs of the Triassic in terms of CD’s theory and discusses the imperfection of the geological record.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-11487
From
Johann August Georg Edmund (Edmund) Mojsisovics von Mojsvár
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Geologische Reichsanstalt, Vienna
Source of text
DAR 171: 226
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11487,” accessed on 25 February 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-11487.xml

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