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Rare geology book and rare map. Argand, Emile; La Tectonique de L’Asie. Liege 1924. & “Carte Tectonique de L’Asie”, Bruselles, 1928.

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Rare geology book and rare map. Argand, Emile; La Tectonique de L’Asie. Liege 1924. & “Carte Tectonique de L’Asie”, Bruselles, 1928.

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Argand, Emile; La Tectonique de L’Asie. Congress Géologique International, Bruselles, Belgium 1922. & “Carte Tectonique de L’Asie”, Bruselles, 1928. Text is the official offprint with title page cover, Liege, Imprimerie Vaillant-Carmanne, 1924. Quarto, pp. cover, pp. 171-372, 27 figures and maps. Accompanied by Argand’s  “Carte Tectonique de L’Asie”. Brussels 1928. Fifteen colors, scale 1:25,000,000. 

 The work is complete with the original brown title cover. Wear and light soiling to cover edges, owner’s name (A. Keller) penned on cover and within text with that person’s small rubber stamp also present. The offprint as well as an accompanying memorial to Argand by Maurice Lugeon dated 1940 are in a black “spring folder. Over all in very good condition.

The map is mounted in a gold frame and is in fine condition. Frame size is 28” high by 31” wide. Matt borders are 3” wide, map measures 21” by 16.5”.

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Émile Argand (January 6, 1879 – September 14, 1940) was a Swiss geologist and founder of the Geological Institute of Neufchatel Switzerland. 
He was an early proponent of Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, viewing plate tectonics and continental collisions as the best explanation for the formation of the European Alps and also applied the theory of tectonics to the continent of Asia.
Wegener presented his ideas on continental drift in January of 1912 before the German Geological Association and published his ideas in book form in Germany in 1915, at the height of World War I. With high anti-German sentiment and a ban on German literature in many countries, Wegener’s work received little notice outside of Germany. Although German literature was banned in Switzerland, Argand managed to obtain a copy of Wegener’s work and immediately realized the importance of the work in explaining the large scale horizontal displacement of the Alpine napped and also saw the application of continental drift and tectonics in explaining global features.
After the war the reaction was mixed with opinions ranging from outright rejection to active acceptance with the need for field studies of the new concept. In Switzerland, after the introduction of Wegener's ideas by Emile Argand during the war, and in spite of strong anti-German feelings, the concept was accepted with enthusiasm as the best framework for solving critical problems of Alpine tectonics. Several famous Austrian geologists had published orogenic theories for the Alps based on the contraction theory and rejected Wegener's drift theory, but later, under the influence of Swiss geologists, they showed partial acceptance.
Argand led the field in promoting Wegener’s theory and soon expanded the idea to explain Asian tectonics. The clarity with which Argand interpreted Alpine tectonics led to his being invited to give the inaugural address at the International Geological Congress in Brussels in 1922. His address was titled “La Tectonique de l’Asie". Within this address he promotes the theory of Continental drift and tectonics to explain the origin of not only Asia’s mountain ranges but mountains in general. Argand’s work is seldom seen in the original French and is very rare in the offprint format from the original Congress proceedings which were published in 1924. The map is also rare and together provide a cornerstone to a collection of the early works in plate tectonics.

 

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