RARE GEOLOGY BOOKS, EPHEMERA, MAPS AND RELATED ITEMS
Cope E. D. 1875 CHECKLIST OF NORTH AMERICAN BATRACHIA AND REPTILIA WITH A SYSTEMATIC LIST OF THE HIGHER GROUPS AND AN ESSAY ON GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION BASED ON SPECIMENS IN THE U. S. NATIONAL MUSEUM U. S. National Museum Bull. 1, 104 pp. Also bound in is Surface A. H. 1906 THE SERPENTS OF PENNSYLVANIA with a score of plates and figs. The volume is bound in cloth, ex-lib, overall contents vg. Price: $45.00 (stock#PA350)
Cuvier Georges L. C. Baron, 1825 RECHERCHES SUR LES OSSEMENS FOSSILES DE QUADRUPÈDES, OU L'ON RÉTABLIT LES CARACTÈRES DE PLUSIEURS ESPÈCES D'ANIMAUX QUE LES RÉVOLUTIONS DU GLOBE PAROISSENT AVOIR DÉTRUITES Paris, 3rd edition, large 4to, bound in leather with raised bands and gilt titles on spine, with blue marbled boards 5 volumes complete (bound into 6 volumes). Overall light to light+ exterior wear (a few light rubbing and scuff marks to boards) else bindings are solid, with the book plate of noted geologist and science historian H. Stanton Hill. This is a very nice set of Cuvier’s monumental work which is widely considered to represent the birth of Vertebrate Paleontology. This is the 3rd, and expanded edition, and the last to be published in quarto size. The last (1834) edition was reduced to octavo size, though the plates remained quarto, bound into 2 atlas volumes.
I spent considerable time collating the set from scanned online copies and other bibliographic sources, and count 275 plates total. it is complete except for missing 3 odd plates as noted below. Contents are:
Volume 1 in 2 parts. Part 1 with frontis portrait of Cuvier, pp. 1-174, folding table at page 144; 3 plates (I-III) called for at end of part 1, complete. Appendix paginated continuously from pp. 175-196, with 3 plates of the Ibis at end paginated plates IV-VI; Part 2 with 340 pp., 12 plates of Elephans bound in at p. 204; 7 plates of Mastodon bound in at p. 248; 4 additional Mastodon plates bound in at p. 268; 7 plates Hippopotomus bound in toward end. All plates in both Parts present. Overall volume condition is very good, light to light+ exterior wear, some marginal soiling/foxing to some plate margins.
Volume 2 in 2 parts. Part 2 is bound in at front of volume, with the half title for Part 1, is paginated continuously from pp. 239-648 + errata sheet; plates 1A-D; 2A-D, plates 3-11 fossil invertebrates, and Brogniert and Cuvier’s (1812) large folding hand colored map. Note plate plates 4-11 are bound in with text, while Plate 3 follows the geology plates 1A-D; 2A-D. Part 2 is complete. Part 1 bound as second half of volume, with Part 2 half title page, paginated pp. 230-648 and with all but one of the plates. 18 plates of Rhinoceras; 1 plate Elasmotherium; 3 plates Cheval; 2 plates Cochons; 3 plates Daman 5 plates Tapir; 11 plates of more Tapirs are called for. All are present except Plate 1 of the Daman. Condition of contents is generally very good though some plates have a light tide mark at corner margins, and light scattered foxing or mostly marginal soiling.
Volume 3 with pp. 1-412, 79 of 80 plates; Plate 65 missing. Overall some light foxing/ marginal soiling to edges of some plate sheets, one plate a bit darkened but the rest very good.
Volume 4 with pp. 1-514, 39 plates, all plates present. Unlike some volumes in the set, the plates are bound into the text per binding instructions printed on the plates proper, rather then all bound in at the end.
Volume 5 in 2 parts, bound in 2 volumes; Part 1, pp. 1-405, 27 plates; Part 2, pp. 1-547, 32 of 33 plates.
Part 1 complete, with all 27 plates. The last few plates (#24-27) have lightly soiled margins and light marginal tide mark. The last plate is a bit worse off, with a two marginal tears and a small hole in the plate, but images unaffected.
Part 2, with 32 plates. There should be a Plate 33, as indicated by online scanned copies viewed when collating. Hence, the last plate is lacking. Else volume has some light marginal soiling along some plate margins toward the rear but else generally clean.
Extremely rare, and is the most desired edition of Cuvier’s monumental work, and in a decent binding with a solid provenance. Price: $4,000.00 (stock#Cuvier1825)
Hill R. T. 1901 GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY OF THE BLACK AND GRAND PRAIRIES, TEXAS 21st USGS Annual Report, Part 7 in brown cloth as issued, 4to, light+ exterior wear, hinges a little weakened but not cracked, boards firm else contents vg, contents clean, unmarked with 666 pp., 71 plates including the 7 folding pocket maps and sections, 80 figs. A very good copy of Hill’s classic treatise on the geology and paleontology of the region of Texas from Austin north to the Red River. Price: $100.00 (stock#USGSAR21-7)
Hitchcock E. 1838 REPORT ON A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE ECONOMICAL GEOLOGY OF MASSACHUSETTS 8vo, original front wrap which has some wear, light foxing/soiling, contents overall very good with light+ wear, outer side margins of pages a bit rough but they were not cut down or trimmed. With 139 pp. Rare.
Price: $100.00 (stock#Hitch1838)
JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY, Volume 1 1893 (complete) 8vo, boards loose or coming, no spine cloth, contents are very good with light wear and dozens of papers of what has become one of the mainstream geology journals. This volume contains the first year (6 bi-monthly issues) and covers diverse topics on mostly North American geology, but with some foriegn coverage by authors such as Archibald Geikie. Scarce. Price: $50.00 (stock#GJv1)
NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE SCIENTIFIC SERIES #14 December 30, 1873 folding newspaper, one edge uncut, some fading and wear/browning along fold crease but overall in very good condition. The Herald-Tribune Scientific Series was an occasionally-published supplement that contained extended reporting on scientific achievements of the era. This issue covers the F. V. Hayden expedition, Capt. Jones expedition to Yellowstone Pass, and also that of Agassiz to Brazil. With 8 pp., complete. Rare. Price: $75.00 (stock#NYHT14)
Owen David Dale 1852 REPORT OF A GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF WISCONSIN, IOWA, AND MINNESOTA AND INCIDENTALLY OF A PORTION OF NEBRASKA TERRITORY Lippencott, Grambo & Co., Philadelphia (publisher). royal 4to, text and plate vols., both ex-lib, with some exterior wear. Text volume in brown cloth, period private ownership signature on title page, binding worn with short tears, rubbing, chips to spine ends, contents with scattered light foxing, overall vg with 638 pp., scattered figures. Plate volume in green cloth as issued, with gilt title bright, a light, scattered tide mark near bottom of some plates/folding maps and sections but not obtuse, and shows mostly on blank verso of sheets. With 623 pp., 2 folding maps, numerous hand colored folding sections, 27 engraved plates of fossils, scores of woodcuts. Includes a report by Leidy “ON THE FOSSIL MAMMALIA AND REPTILIA COLLECTED DURING THE SURVEY” amongst others by Shumard, Whittlesey, Norwood, and more. One of the great classic volumes of North American geology paleontology and exploration. The huge fold out map is present, measures approx. 28 x 48 inches, and overall very good, with some wear to outermost margins, short tear outside map border to lower margin, closed tear to one panel (no paper loss), and hand colored in large part, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and portions of Missouri and Illinois. One of the more important geologic maps produced in North America during the middle 19th century. Price: $350.00 (stock#Owen1852)
Owen D. D. 1857 MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS REFERRED TO IN VOLS. II AND III OF THE REPORT OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF KENTUCKY KY Geol. Surv. These are the maps that accompany Volumes II and III of the First Geological Survey of Kentucky. They consist of maps and illustrations enclosed in a worn, soiled and string-tied portfolio, ex-library with cover markings, spine cloth missing, bookplate inside front cover. Maps #1-3 present, lacking Maps #4-6. All 10 lithographed plates present. The maps have a few small spots and are generally clean with some small splits at fold intersections. The plates have minor foxing and light offsetting, and generally are vg.
Price: $125.00 (stock#KY1857maps)
Owen D. D. 1861 KENTUCKY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY VOLUME 4 cloth as issued, chips to spine ends, corners rubbed through, scattered foxing but contents generally clean, vg, 617 pp., several figures, folding chart. Price: $100.00 (stock#KYGSOwen4)
Phillips J. 1853 THE RIVERS MOUNTAINS AND SEA COAST OF YORKSHIRE 8vo, original cloth with gilt title, rebacked with new spine, corner and edge wear to original boards, contents vg with 302 pp., publishers advertisements, 35 plates that include fine scenic view engravings and one a hand colored map. Scarce.
Price: $100.00 (stock#EUR143)
Portlock J. E. 1843 REPORT ON THE GEOLOGY OF THE COUNTY OF LONDONDERRY, AND OF PARTS OF TYRONE AND FERMANAGH EXAMINED AND DESCRIBED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MASTER GENERAL AND BOARD OF ORDNANCE 8vo, Original brown cloth, gilt title, slight fraying to spine ends, one inch split to bottom of upper joint, light rubbing corners, one worse then the rest, crease and bump to cover; contents are very good, pages largely unopened copy. Contains 784 pp., 45 plates, 2 folding lithograph panorama views, 5 folding, hand colored sections, large folding map of the Drumglass Coalfield, and additional folding plate, and 26 woodcut figures in text. The plates are very good and overall, foxing is minimal. Scarce to find a good copy. Price: $400.00 (stock#Port1843)
Prime F. Jr. 1879 GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS OF THE UNITED STATES AND TERRITORIES AND OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA author's offprint in wraps from AIME Transactions, vol. 7, ex-lib with stamp and J. B. Woodworth's copy with his signature. 8vo, some wear, front wrap with torn corner and chips, rear wrap lacking, contents vg with 71 pp. An essential bibliographic reference with entries listed State by State, for early North American geology publications. Scarce. Price: $40.00 (stock#Prime)
White C. A. 1870 REPORT OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE STATE OF IOWA 2 vols complete, both in original cloth, some corners rubbed through, spine ends with chips/short tears, gilt titles faded, some spotting to spine cloth, a few wrinkles to cloth covers of vol. 1, overall some exterior wear. Contents are vg, Vol. 1 with 391 pp., numerous plates, some folding, contents clean. Vol. 2 with period owner's signature inside front cover, 463 pp., contents clean with several plates, large folding colored map at rear. Map has closed tear (no paper loss) else is vg. A scarce set. Price: $150.00 (stockIAwhite)