Rare Geology Book: A Selection of Facts from the best Authorities, Arranged so as to form an Outline of the Geology of England and Wales. 1818
Item Number: Book 578-C
Phillips, William; A Selection of Facts from the best Authorities, Arranged so as to form an Outline of the Geology of England and Wales with a Map and Sections of the Strata. London, printed & sold by William Phillips, 1818. Octavo, pp. 20, 4, 240, 10, folded hand-colored map, folded hand colored sections, folded table of strata.
The work is complete and in a modern calf with raised spine bands. The binding is tight and clean. New York Lyceum and Academy stamp on title page and verso of map. Text is clean, strata chart repaired at gutter tear. In very good condition. Very rare.
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Phillips (1775-1828); an English chemist was the curator of the Museum of Practical Geology in London and more importantly, one of the original founders of the Geological Society of London. He wrote two of the earliest works on geology and mineralogy which could be described as true textbooks. In his writings, Phillips refused to become involved in the debate over the place of religion in geology preferring to give strict descriptions of the geological features. His above work follows this pattern in describing the geology of England and Wales. This self published work served as a predecessor to the much more common 1822 work written by W. D. Conybeare and Phillips "Outlines of the Geology of England and Wales".