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A Manual of the Geology of India. Chiefly Compiled from the Observations of the Geological Survey.
Calcutta: By order of the Government of India. -1881-1887 1879 - Four volumes plus the map in matching covers. Large 8vo. lxxx, 444; viii, 447-815; xx, 663; xi, 179 pp. Original publisher’s cloth: parts I, II and the map in brown cloth featuring the gilt device of a double horned animal to the upper board and parts III and IV in rust cloth featuring two differing gilt devices, spines gilt lettered, upper boards with black ruled borders and titled in gilt, all but part IV with plain brown endpapers, that part with plain yellow endpapers. 36 plates and 7 maps bound into the 4 volumes, plus a large folding linen backed map bound separately. Volume 1 and map case rebacked preserving most of the spines, small section to head of volume 1 restored. Chipping to paper at inner hinge of vol 2. Abrasion to spine of volume 4 with slight to gilt lettering. Two leaves in volume 1 coming loose. Bindings bumped and slightly worn at extremities, otherwise sound. Contents generally very good. "The want of a general account of Indian Geology has been felt for some years. The regular Geological Survey of India may be considered to have commenced in 1851 . It is desirable, before all the older Members of the Survey pass away, that some record of the early observations many of which are unpublished, should be rescued from oblivion, for the benefit of future explorers."Henry Benedict Medlicott (1929-1905), initially joined the Geological Survey of Ireland in 1851, before moving on to the British Survey. The younger brother of Joseph G. Medlicott, one of the founding members of the Geological Survey of India. H.B. settled in India in the mid 1850’s and ascended to the post of Professor of Geology at the University of Roorkee. Latterly he became a fellow of the Royal Society and the University of Calcutta. William Thomas Blanford (1832-1905) lead a varied and interesting career, beyond his long involvement with the Geological Survey of India his interests extended to meteorology and zoology. Both men were Wollaston Medal winners (1888 and 1883 respectively). Medlicott and Mallet were the Superintendents of the Survey at the respective times of publication, Blanford and Ball were Deputies.A complete set of first editions of the Manual. Part 1 - Peninsular Area; Part 2 - Extra-Peninsular Area; Part 3 - Economic Geology; Part 4 - Mineralogy (Mainly Non-Economic). The impressive folding, geologically coloured, map is titled "Preliminary Sketch of the Geology of India . 1877 . First Issue".
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