Phillips, John and edited by H. G. Seeley & R. Etheridge; Manual of Geology Theoretical and Practical, 2 volumes. London, Charles Griffin and Company, 1885. Quarto, Part I Physical Geology and Palaeontology by Seeley. pp. xiv, 546, 32, colored frontispiece, 147 woodcuts. Part II Stratigraphical Geology and Palaeontology by Etheridge. pp. xxiv, 712, colored frontispiece map, 36 plates numbered 1 through 32a.
The set is complete and in the original wine colored stamped cloth with gilt titles. The bindings are tight and clean and have been professionally re-cased with later end sheets. The text and plates are exceptionally clean. In very good condition.
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Phillips, (1800-1874) an English stratigrapher, paleontologist and geologist was a nephew of William Smith (father of stratigraphy). Amongst Phillips' many works on geology and mineralogy was a biography of Smith. He was First Keeper of Yorkshire Museum and taught at King's College, London, Trinity College in Dublin and finally at University of Oxford. He wrote extensively on the geology of Yorkshire and Oxford, the fossils of Somerset, Cornwall and Devon, the vulcanology of Mount Vesuvius and the origins of life. His textbook on geology was first published as Treatise on Geology in 1837 and as demand for the work increased it was expanded to two volumes with Seeley and Etheridge editing the much expanded 1885 printing.