Geikie, Sir Archibald; Textbook of Geology. Parts 1 through 4. New York, P. F. Collins, 1902. Four volumes, octavo. Vol. 1, pp. 502, numerous text illustrations, profiles. Vol. 2, pp. vi, 503-976, numerous text illustrations. Vol. 3, pp. 977-1419, numerous text illustrations. Vol. 4, pp. v, 1420-1787, numerous text illustrations.
The set is complete and in the original green cloth with gilt titles and gilt upper text block edges. The bindings are tight and clean, free of any stamps, portions of the text are uncut and never read. Pages are bright and very clean, only very minor rubbing to bindings edges. A near fine set.
Sir Archibald Geikie ( 1835-1924 ) was a prominent Scottish geologist. Throughout his career he made major contributions to the field of geology and through his friendships with other geologists pioneered field research in both Europe and America. His friendships in America included Grove Karl Gilbert, James D. Dana, Ferdinand Hayden and Clarence Dutton.
During his career he was to become President of the Royal Society, the Geological Society of London, the British Association and was also Director of the Geological Survey of Great Britain.
Geikie devoted much of his field research to seeking evidence of the processes in denudation to the shaping of existing forms of landscapes and to the processes of volcanic activity. In the pursuit of this evidence he travelled extensively in Europe and North America, often accompanied by other prominent geologists.
It was his writings that were to influence future generations of geologists. Geikie was appreciated both by students of geology and the general public for making the subject of geology readable. His greatest work was “Textbook of Geology”; first published in 1882 is a compilation of the fields of geology and was the standard work for students. It has gone through numerous revisions and is still consulted to this day.