Heim, Albert; Untersuchungen über den Mechanismus der Gebirgsbildung, im Anschluss an die geologische Monographie der Tödi-Windgällen-Gruppe. 2 Text-Bände + 1 Atlas-Band. Zus. 3 Bde. Basel, Benno Schwabe, 1878. Small folio text and atlas. Two text voll. bound in one, pp. xiv, 346, pp. 4, 246. Atlas: title page and 17 colored lithograph double page plates.
The set is complete. The two text volumes are bound as one in the original calf and marbled boards with the original paper spine label. The binding is tight and very clean. The text is very clean and bright with a contemporary ownership inscription and rubber stamp on the first free end sheet and title page. The atlas is in the original calf and marbled boards with a gilt spine label. The binding is tight and clean, text and plates are very clean and free of stamps or markings. Over all a very good set of a rare work.
Heim, (1849-1937) was a prominent Swiss geologist, best known for his works on the Swiss Alps. He was educated at Zurich and Berlin universities and at an early age became interested in the structure of the Alps. This interest came to the attention of Arnold Escher von der Linth under whom Heim studied. He encouraged Heim’s research on the Alps and was a major influence on Heim's life. Heim dedicated "Untersuchungen über den Mechanismus” to Escher von der Linth. In 1873 Heim became Professor of Geology at Zurich and was appointed Director of the Geological Survey of Switzerland in 1882. His research was focused on the structure of the Alps and the structural evolution of mountain ranges in general. He laid the foundations for all future studies in Alpine structural geology. His work "Untersuchungen über den Mechanismus” is considered a classic in geology and has earned Heim the title of “father of structural geology”. The Wollaston Medal was awarded to Heim by the Geological Society of London in 1904. Heim was the father of another prominent Swiss geologist and glaciologist, Arnold Heim (1882-1965).