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Dana, James D.; Corals and Coral Islands. First, English edition, London, 1872.

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Dana, James D.; Corals and Coral Islands. First, English edition, London, 1872.

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Dana, James D.; Corals and Coral Islands. First, English edition, London, 1872. Quarto, pp. 398, colored frontispiece, 3 maps, numerous text illustrations. 

In the original wine colored cloth with beveled edges, ruled borders and corner vignettes, gold cover vignette and decorative gilt spine titles. Light wear and light soiling to boards and edges, inner hinges re-enforced, owner’s book plate on end sheet, text is very clean. In very good condition.

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As geologist and mineralogist for the Wilkes Expedition from 1838-1842, Dana produced an important series of reports on the Zoophytes, which proved very popular. The above work which contains Dana’s observations of coral phenomena passed through three editions in his lifetime. Both Charles Darwin and Charles Lyell had written on coral islands, and Dana’s work was both informed by and developed in close collaboration with the ideas of these English naturalists. Dana’s theory of coral formation emphasized oceanic subsidence and continental emergence through his study of coral formations in the Pacific. This proved to be his most important geological contribution to the Wilkes Expedition.

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