Bakewell, Robert; Travels, comprising observations made during a residence in the Tarentaise, and various parts of the Grecian and Pennine Alps and in Switzerland and Auvergne in the years 1820, 1821, and 1822. In 2 volumes. London, Longman, Hunt, Ress, Orme and Brown 1823. Quarto, Vol. 1, pp. xvi, 381, 4 hand colored aquatint plates. Vol. 2, pp. vii, 441. 3 b/w plates.
The set is complete and in the original boards with later spine labels. The text block has not been trimmed, plates, text are bright and clean, bindings are tight and clean. Small old library stamp verso of title pages. In very good condition.
Bakewell, (1768-1843) was an English geologist. He made extensive mineralogical and geological surveys in England and Ireland, after which he lectured and exhibited sections of rock formations and the beginnings of a geological map of Britain. From 1820 to 1822, Bakewell traveled throughout France and Switzerland, extending his geological surveys. His published account of these travels appeared in “ Travels" published in 1823. The work was written as a comprehensive review of the geology observed but in a manner to help enlighten the English readers who, the author says, rarely if ever visit the parts of Europe covered here. Bakewell provides a description in of the volcanic geology of the Auvergne and insight into the ages of alpine rocks based on fossils. Because of disputes that Bakewell had with the Geological Society, there were few reviews and the work did not receive the reviews or praise it deserved.The color plates are very attractive.