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[GREENOUGH, George Bellas]
A Geological Map of England and Wales
London,: Published by J. Gardner, , 1826. reduced by permission from the map in 6 sheets published by the Geological Society. July 21st, 1826. Engraved map, fine original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, folding into original green cloth slipcase, with publisher’s label. Greenough (1778-1855) was the first President of the Geological Society, and was later President of the Royal Geographical Society. The Geological Society was founded in 1807, but Smith never became a member, although his geological work that was the basis of the map was well underway by then. Greenough had actually been shown a copy of an early version of Smith’s map by the surveyor John Farey in 1802, who later attacked Greenough in the press for his “unhandsome conduct” in the matter (Philosophical Magazine). There were probably two reasons for this: personally, Smith probably could not afford the membership fee; and professionally, he advocated a method of differentiating between strata using the fossils in each layer. This theory went against the prevailing scientific method of inductivist reasoning, and was viewed with suspicion by most of his contemporaries. Greenough and other Society members visited Smith to look at his collection of fossils and the progress of his stratigraphical map, and were unconvinced by Smith’s method, his claims to have done the field work for the map himself, and probably unimpressed by his plain lodgings (Herries Davies). Greenough decided (as he claimed later) that Smith did not have the resources to complete the project and initiated the produc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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