Middlemiss, Charles Stewart; The Geology of Hazara and the Black Mountain. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India. Volume 25, 1896. Quarto. Iii, , 302 pp., 11 plates, most folding (six hand colored), large folded color map in rear pocket.
The volume is complete and entirely devoted to this one study. In original blue cloth, spine sun faded, gilt title on upper spine margin, later paper title on lower margin penned in ink. Small Scottish Geographical Society blind stamp on first title page, owners book plate on paste down. Minor foxing to end sheets, over all a very clean copy of a rare work.
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Charles Stewart Middlemiss (1859-1945) joined the Geological Survey of India in 1883 having been recruited by H. B. Medlicott. He devoted forty-six years to the study of geology in India and is regarded as one of the great early figures in Indian geology, especially Himalayan geology. His studies and publications covered the origin of the Himalaya and Hindu Kush ranges, various geological studies in peninsular India, and the mineral resources in Kashmir and Jammu.
His study of the Hazara and Black Mountain region (now the eastern part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan) is considered a classic in Indian structural geology. After a brief introduction, Middlemiss describes the stratigraphy of the region and then devotes four chapters to the descriptive geology structural geology and petrology. This is followed by a chapter where he discusses the various aspects of the geology and structure and their relationship to the development of the Himalayas. The final chapter is a discussion of the economic geology and mineral resources of the Hazara region. The work is seldom offered in this nice condition.