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Études sur les Glaciers
- 3 p.l., v, 346 pp., 1 leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. cat’s paw calf (joints repaired, corners a bit worn, minor rubbing), arms in gilt on covers of The Society of Writers to the Signet, spine lettered in gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine [with]: an atlas with the orig. lithographed upper wrapper & 18 lithographed plates, 14 of which are accompanied by outline key plates on tissue paper. Large folio, cont. cloth-backed marbled boards, arms in gilt on upper cover of The Society of Writers to the Signet, spine lettered in gilt. Neuchatel: Jent & Gassmann, 1840. First edition of this classic work on glaciers, with the essential upper wrapper to the atlas volume containing a further illustration. "From 1835 to 1845, while still serving as a professor at Neuchatel, Agassiz studied the glacial formations of Switzerland and compared them with the geology of England and central Europe. The resulting concept of the ‘Ice Age’ was remarkable for its breadth of generalization and for the exacting field study represented. Agassiz held that in the immediately recent past there had been an era during which large land masses over much of northern Europe were covered with ice. With the onset of warming periods, the recession of the ice was responsible for upheaval and subsistence. The marks of glaciers could be discerned in the scratched and polished rocks as well as in the configurations of the earth in glaciated regions. Glacial movement was responsible for modern geological configurations Such events were still sufficient to convince such naturalists as Darwin and Lyell that Pleistocene glaciation was a primary mechanism in causing the geographical distribution and consequent genetic relationship of flora and fauna otherwise inexplicably separated by land and water masses."–D.S.B., I, p. 73. A very good set, from the library of The Society of Writers to the Signet. The upper wrapper of the atlas volume contains some instructions from a librarian at The Society to the library’s binder. ? Dibner, Heralds of Science, 98. En Français dans le Texte 258. Horblit 1. Printing & the Mind of Man 309. Zittel, pp. 223-27. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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