Hager, Albert D.et.al.; Report on the Geology of Vermont: Descriptive, Theoretical, Economical and Scenographical

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Hager, Albert D.et.al.; Report on the Geology of Vermont: Descriptive, Theoretical, Economical and Scenographical; by E. Hitchcock, E. Hitchcock Jr., A. D. Hager, & C. H. Hitchcock, in two volumes. Claremont, 1861. Quarto, Volume 1, pp. viii, 589, 289 woodcut text illustrations. Volume 2, pp. 4, 590-982, 75 woodcut text illustrations, 38 plates (some hand colored), 3 folded hand colored geological maps. 

The set is complete and in a later cloth with the original cloth covers preserved and with later matching cloth spine with gilt titles. The bindings are tight and clean with minor shelf scuffing. Signature of Ernest H. West on end sheet of each volume. The text, maps and plates are exceptionally clean. In very good condition.

The first 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 small reports were published. The survey was reestablished a year later under Zadock Thompson with the intent of publishing a full report of Adam's studies but Adam's sudden death and the abbreviated nature of his field notes made the task impossible. Thompson's sudden death in January, 1856 ended that survey before it truly began. Augustus Young followed Thompson but managed to publish only a small 88 page report before death also claimed him. The same year fire destroyed all of the material previously collected by Adams. So up to 1856 only four reports by Adams and Young had managed to be published. Edward Hitchcock was appointed State Geologist in October 1856 and was assisted by his two sons and Hager under whom the report was printed. James Hall of New York assisted in the paleontology. The two volume work consists of a part on the geology authored by Hitchcock and the assistants, an economic geology section by Hager, a section on chemistry and mineralogy by Charles Hitchcock, a section of mineral specimens and rock specimens and fossils gathered and found in the state cabinet and a section on the agriculture of the state. These exceptionally well done volumes are the first "final reports" to be published after several failed attempts. There is much on the trilobites found in Vermont as well as other fossils. The plates and maps are quite stunning.