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Geologie Pratique de La Louisiane: 1st Ed. 2 Vols.: Vol. I, English Translation - by Henri De Sinclair, Vol. II, the original work in French;
Paris, E. Lacroix Librairie Scientifique, Industrielle et Agricole, 1860.: E Lacroix Librairie Scientifique, 1860. Hardcover. Fine. HARDBACKS black cloth with gilt lettering and bands on spines gilt embossed name of [Dr.] Hubert C. Skinner on front cover of Vol. II Vol. I pages 368 Original appendices A-G (in French) 197-263 [i] copy of Bulletin de la Scoiete Geologique de France Tome Vingtieme Deuxieme serie 1862 a 1863 printed in Paris Au Lieu Des Seances de la Societe 1863. 542-543 [i] 27 page review in French of Geologie Pratique de La Louisiane by Henri De Saussure from Tire des Archives des Sciences de la Bibliotheque Universelle plates 6; Vol. II pages: lxviii 263 plates 6 4to. Vol. I 197mm x 267mm (7.75 x 10.5") Vol. II 250mm x 255mm (8" x 10") from the library of Dr. Hubert C. Skinner newspaper clipping (14.12.58) loosely inserted in Vol. II light marginal browning and occasional light spotting to Vol. II otherwise very fine .The English Translation is extremely rare this being only one of five copies reproduced! 3.4Kg. As writes Hubert. C. Skinner (New Orleans Louisiana 5th September 1972); Thomassy a French Hydraulic Engineer became intensely interested in the Mississippi River and Louisiana coastal plan during a visit to the area in 1858-1860 and led to the publication of Geologie Pratique de La Louisiana in New Orleans in 1860 only a small number were printed a few of which had the 6 plates hand-coloured making these first editions extremely rare and difficult to find. A small number were re-issued at a later date with a paste-up change on the title page in 1861. Thomassy's work is the first to examine the origins of the salt domes of the "Five Islands" and to describe them as salt intrusions the same with his description of the "mud lumps" at the mouths of the Mississippi. His maps were detailed including showing changes in the coastline and delta. He returned to view the salt pits which were created at Avery Island to mine salt after the 1861-62 North - South conflict publishing a supplement in 1863. Thomassy's work is considered the first comprehensive attempt to describe the geology of Louisiana a massive project at that time and well worth considerable recognition. Sinclair's translation was made around 1940 under the WPA programme of the U.S. Government. It was never published and copies are rare. However the translator's English knowledge was poor and his understanding of Geology even less resulting in the translation not doing justice to Thomassy's knowledge and expertise which should be considered when the translation is being used and no published references should be made to it as a substitute for the original French edition.
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