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Rare Geology Books: Rogers, Henry D.; First through Fifth Annual Reports of the Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. & Swatara Mining District Report, 1836-41.

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Rare Geology Books: Rogers, Henry D.; First through Fifth Annual Reports of the Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. & Swatara Mining District Report, 1836-41.

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Rogers, Henry D.; First through Fifth Annual Reports of the Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. & Swatara Mining District Report, 1839. Harrisburg, 1836-1841. & 2nd Annual Report also present in German Printing, 1838. All are octavo, 1st report, pp. 22. 2nd through 4th Reports bound together. 2nd report, pp. 91, errata, folded chart, 2 folded geological columns. 2nd Annual Report in German, pp. 104, folded chart, folded geological column. 3rd report, pp. 118. 4th report, pp. 252. 5th report, pp. 156. and Report to the Legislature of Pennsylvania, Containing a Description of the Swatara Mining District, illustrated with Diagrams. Harrisburg, 1839. pp. 61, large folded map, 8 plates of profiles and columns.

First report is in an archival folder in very good condition. Second through 4th reports and German edition of 2nd are bound together in a full calf with gilt titles. Binding is tight and clean, texts are clean with light foxing to some signatures, original title wraps bound in. Mercantile Library stamp on first title page and one page in text, signature of 1830s Pennsylvania coal geologist Samuel B. Fisher on title cover of 3rd report. Fifth report in an archival folder with title wraps bound in, very clean. Swatara report in period calf and marbled boards. Clean binding personal book plate on paste down and San Diego Soc. Nat. History plate below. Text, map and plates very clean. Over all a complete set of the early reports which preceded the final large report of the First Geological Survey of Pennsylvania.

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Rogers (1808-1866) was an American geologist educated at Glasgow. He was originally the director of the New Jersey Geological Survey before becoming director of the first Geological Survey of Pennsylvania where he undertook the first comprehensive geological survey of that state. Based on studies in the Appalachians with his brother William Rogers, he formulated a theory on mountain building which was presented to the first session of the Association of American Geologist and Naturalists in 1840. He saw the Appalachians as great folds of sedimentary rock. He was one of the first American geologists to be accepted by the European scientific community. The two brothers were instrumental in the founding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1865. ?The publication of the first major survey of Pennsylvania was delayed due to lack of funding and political infighting. The members of the Geological Society of Pennsylvania had hoped that their organization would become the Geological Survey of Pennsylvania and thus handle the first survey of the state. Members were to heap constant criticism upon Rogers and his survey. The annual reports Rogers submitted to the State Legislature, beginning in 1836, contain some of the first scientific descriptions of Pennsylvania's geology, coal deposits, mineralogy, mineral resources and paleontology. The final major publication describing the survey of Pennsylvania; was not published until 1868 and received immediate praise from around the world. The above set of the 1st  through 5th Annual Reports and Swatara report provide some of the earliest scientific reports on Pennsylvania’s geology.

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