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Rare Geology Book: Brande, Wiliam Thomas; A Descriptive Catalogue of the British Specimens Deposited in the Geological Collection of the Royal Institution. 1816.

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Rare Geology Book: Brande, Wiliam Thomas; A Descriptive Catalogue of the British Specimens Deposited in the Geological Collection of the Royal Institution. 1816.

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Brande, Wiliam Thomas; A Descriptive Catalogue of the British Specimens Deposited in the Geological Collection of the Royal Institution. London, 1816. Octavo, pp. xvi, 212.

The work is complete and in early marbled boards with a modern calf spine and black spine titles. The binding is tight and clean. The text is very clean with a penned notation presenting the work to the Lyceum of Natural History New York with their small stamp. The Lyceum became the New York Academy of Sciences and the work has their stamp and then parts of the library went to the American Museum of Natural History with their canceled stamp on the end sheet and title page. Over all a very good copy of a rare work.

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 (1788-1866) was an English chemist and mineralogist. He succeeded Sir Humphrey Davy as Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution, London. Brande published two important works in geology; his "Outlines of Geology" in 1817, and  "Catalogue of Geological Specimens" in 1816. His "outlines" went through two editions and an Italian translation.
One of his first endeavors at the Royal Institution was to add to the mineral, ore and fossil collections first begun by Davy. This was followed by the above offered first catalog of those collections. His arrangement of the collection is geographical, beginning with the country of Cornwall and thence proceeding eastward and thence northward in divisions. After proceeding through five divisions (Cornwall, London, Wales, Scotland & Western Islands, and Ireland) he lists and describes the products of volcanoes. Brande also includes a discussion of the Wernerian and Huttonian views and shows a preference to Hutton's theory.
Brande describes the various rock specimens, and ores, minerals and fossils. His catalogue had a limited printing and copies are quite rare.


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