Daubeny, Charles; A Description of Active and Extinct Volcanos; With Remarks on their Origin, Their Chemical Phaenomena, and the Character of their Products, As Determined by the Condition of the Earth During the Period of Their Formation. Being the Substance of Some Lectures Delivered Before the University of Oxford, with Much Additional Matter. London: W. Phillips and Joseph Parker, 1826. Octavo, pp. xx, 466, 1 (errata and directions to binder for the placement of the illustrations, frontispiece, 2 maps with one being folded, several text woodcuts.
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Daubeny (1795-1867) was an English geologist and chemist. After completing several field studies of the volcanic regions of France, Hungary, Transylvania, Italy, Sicily and Germany he published the results of the studies in his 1826 work, "A Description of Active and Extinct Volcanos”. He held to the same views as Gay Lussac and Davy, in proposing that subterraneous thermic disturbances were due to the contact of water with metals of the alkalis and alkaline earths.