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Explication de la Carte Géologique de la France
Rédigée sous la Direction de M. Brochant de Villiers, Inspecteur Général des Mines. One large folding handcolored map of France & 248 figures in the text. 1 p.l., xxii, [2], 825 pp.; [iii]-xii, 813 pp. Two vols. of text. Large 4to, cont. fine sheep-backed marbled boards, flat spines stamped in gilt & in blind. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1841-48. [with]:--. Carte Géologique de la France. Fine colored geological map in six parts, each part measuring 73 x 110 cm., mounted on linen, folded, and preserved in cont. pull-off map case, uniform to the above bindings. [Paris: 1841]. First edition, presentation copy, of the first modern geological map of France. The need for such a map was recognized as early as the mid-18th century but the necessary research was not encouraged until after Greenough's six-part geological map of England was published in 1820. "Stimulated by the publication of Greenough's geological map of England, Brochant de Villiers was successful in gaining authorization for the preparation of a similar map of France. Dufrénoy and Élie de Beaumont were selected to carry out the necessary fieldwork and in 1822 were sent to England for two years to learn Greenough's procedures."-D.S.B., IV, p. 218. Their map of France, commenced in 1825, was completed in 1840. It consists of six sheets on the scale of about eight miles to one inch. "This great work, so rapidly carried out, remains a remarkable monument of the genius of the two geologists under whose supervision it was constructed."-Geikie, The Founders of Geology, p. 456. This map is now of very great rarity. The first two volumes of the explanatory text were published by the two geologists in 1841 and 1848, respectively. "The 100-page introduction to the latter is still the best that can be placed at the beginning of modern treatises on physical geography."-D.S.B., IV, p. 349. A further three volumes of commentary were published in 1873, 1878, and 1879; they are not present here for obvious reasons. This is a fine presentation copy from the authors, inscribed on both half-titles of the text volumes to Prof. Angelo Sismonda (b. 1807), professor of mineralogy and director of the mineralogical museum at the University of Torino (see Poggendorff, II, 939-40). Fine and very handsome set, uniformly bound. .
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