Adams, Charles B. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Annual Reports of the Geology of the State of Vermont. Burlington, 1845-1847. Octavo, 1st report, pp. 92, folded, partially hand colored map, text wood cuts. 2nd report, pp. 267, 44 wood cuts plus wood cuts on original front and rear wrap, 3rd report pp 32. A partial 4th report is also at the rear.
The three reports are complete and bound in contemporary cloth with modern marbled boards and contemporary spine label. The binding is tight and clean, spine titles scuffed. Original pale brown title wraps bound in with the first two reports, light foxing and light marginal damp stain to margin of a few pages. Over all in good+ condition.
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 number of final reports were published. The focus of the three reports is on the economic geology of the state, the ores and minerals present and the stratigraphy which is broken into: superficial deposits, New York System, Taconic System, Primary System and Unstratified Rocks.