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Rare Geology Book: Young, Augustus; Young, Augustus; Preliminary Report on the Natural History of the State of Vermont. 1856

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Rare Geology Book: Young, Augustus; Young, Augustus; Preliminary Report on the Natural History of the State of Vermont. 1856

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Young, Augustus;  Young, Augustus; Preliminary Report on the Natural History of the State of Vermont. Burlington, Chauncey Goodrich, 1856. Octavo, pp. 88.

The report is complete and in contemporary marbled boards with a cloth spine and penned spine label. The binding is tight and clean with minor scuffing, original green title covers bound in, text is very clean. In very good condition.

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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 report was published. That report contained his map and information on the minerals, ores and stratigraphy of Vermont. The survey was reestablished a year later under Zadock Thompson with the intent of publishing a full report of Adam's studies but Adam's sudden death and the abbreviated nature of his field notes made the task impossible. Thompson's sudden death in January, 1856 ended that survey before it evan began. Augustus Young followed Thompson but managed to publish the small 88 page report of 1856 before death also claimed him. Young, included Thompson's abbreviated study in his own report. The same year fire destroyed all of the material previously collected by Adams. So up to 1856 only reports by Adams and Young had managed to be published.

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