Thomson, Thomas; Geological Sketch of the Country round Birmingham. Extract, Annals of Philosophy Magazine, Volume VIII #3, London, 1816. Octavo, pp. 12, hand colored geological map and one engraved plate.
The paper is complete and in a modern archival folder. The binding is tight and clean, the text, map and plate are very clean, plate is trimmed at outer margin but does not effect map. In very good condition.
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A Scottish chemist and mineralogist; Thomson (1773-1852) was educated at the Universities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. After receiving the degree of M.D. in 1799, he established himself in Edinburgh as an instructor in chemistry. From 1796 to 1800, he was co-editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and the chemical and mineralogical articles he contributed to the supplement of the third edition formed the basis of his popular System of Chemistry (1st ed., 1802). In 1813, he moved to London and founded and began editing the Annals of Philosophy. He also contributed works to the publication which included his study of Birmingham. The study contained the first attempt at a geological map of the area. In 1817, he became lecturer in chemistry at Glasgow University and in 1818, Thomson was appointed to the regius professorship at the University. He held this post until his death in 1852.