Rare Geology Book-Profile by Amos Eaton:Geological and Agricultural Survey Erie Canal, 1824
Item Number: Book-162a
Eaton, Amos; A Geological and Agricultural Survey of the District Adjoining the Erie Canal in the State of New York taken under the Direction of the Honorable Stephen Van Rensselaer...Together with a Geological Profile Extending from the Atlantic to Lake Erie. Albany, 1824. Octavo, pp. 163, ad at beginning of work, two large fold out profiles tipped together and one large folded hand-colored geological profile.
The work is complete and in the original title boards with black cover titles. Spine has been archivally restored with white Japanese tissue. The text is untrimmed, light to moderate foxing throughout. Inscribed by Van Rensselaer on the title page to the New York Literary & Philosophical Society, canceled stamp on the book plate of the AMNH on paste down, no stamps in text or on plates Very rare with two profiles present.
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An American geologist and mineralogist; Eaton ( 1776-1842) was with the Renesslaer School from 1824 until his death. His students included many of the pioneers of early American geology and paleontology including James Hall and Ebenezer Emmons. He is best noted for his early attempts to arrange the strata of the United States and for producing the first geological map of the State of New York in 1830. The first published attempt at arranging the strata of the United States was in his 1818 "Index to the Geology of the Northern States" and that was followed in 1824 by his above work which is the first profile extending from Lake Erie to the Atlantic Ocean. The two profiles in this copy have been tipped together making one quite large profile when fully extended and quite stunning. In addition there is a hand colored profile at the rear of the work which is not called for but dates from the same year as this publication. It is a geological profile of the rock strata across Massachusetts from the new York border to Boston and is titles “Profile of Rocks Crossing Part of Massachusetts taken under the direction of the Hon. Stephen Van Rensselaer by E. Hitchcock, 1823.