Adams, Charles B. 1st, and 2nd Annual Reports of the Geology of the State of Vermont. Burlington, 1845-1846. Octavo, 1st report, pp. 92, folded, partially colored map, text wood cuts. 2nd report, pp. 267, 44 wood cuts.
The two reports are complete and bound as a set in contemporary half calf and marbled boards with gilt titles. Linnean Society stamp on first title page and verso of that title page. The binding is tight, text and map are exceptionally clean. A very good set.
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The first geological survey of Vermont was entrusted to Charles Adams (1814-1853) a chemistry and natural history professor at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was appointed State Geologist on March 1, 1845 and held the position until moving to Amherst College after the survey was suspended in 1847. No funds were appropriated for a full final report and only a small number of final reports were published. The focus of both reports is on the economic geology of the state, the ores and minerals present and the stratigraphy which is broken into: superficial deposits, New York System, Taconic System, Primary System and Unstratified Rocks. Copies of these reports are very scarce.