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WEBBER, Catherine Mary]
Geology Familiarly Illustrated, by C.W.B.
[London: J. B. Goodinge, 1859].. Overall dimensions approximately 13 x 322 cm. Folding handcoloured lithographic illustrated panorama, marbled paper boards sometime neatly rebacked, original printed pictorial title label to the upper cover. Wear along some of the folds with old paper repairs to the verso, otherwise a decent copy. A humorous panorama illustrating the comparatively new and topical science of geology, published in the same year as Darwin's "On the Origin of the Species" and in the midst of the welter of books being published on earth sciences by the likes of Lyell and Murchison. A coloured cross section of geological strata runs along the length of the lower edge of the image throughout captioned "1. Gneiss on Granite", "2. Cambrian System" and so forth. Above this sits a series of cartoon illustrations featuring witty word play on the captions below.
Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop (ABA, ILAB) [Lewes, United Kingdom]

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