Johnston, Robert M.; Systematic Account of the Geology of Tasmania. J. Walch & Sons, Hobart, 1888. Large quarto, pp. 4, 6, xxii, 2, 408, with folded colored geological map of Tasmania, 57 mostly tinted lithographed plates of fossils, and 25 plates including sections, views, and portraits.
The work is complete and in a contemporary half calf and linen with raised spine bands and gilt titles. Rubbing to binding with archival restoration along outer hinges and board edges. The binding is tight, light foxing to some text signatures and plates. This is common to the work which had a short print run. Over all in good + condition.
Johnston (1844-1918) was born in Scotland where he was influenced by Hugh Miller and studied geology and natural history at Andersonian University. He immigrated to Australia in 1870. He originally worked for a railroad before joining government service in 1872 and performed several botanical studies. In 1882 he was appointed registrar-general and government statistician and during this period he published catalogues of Tasmanian fishes.
In was in his geological studies that Johnson truly excelled. He performed a major field survey of the geology, paleontology and mineral resources of Tasmania. The resulting massive publication “Systematic Account of the Geology of Tasmania” published in 1888 was the first major contribution to the geology of Tasmania. Within the work he provides a detailed description of the stratigraphy, structure and paleontology of Tasmania. A larger part of the work is devoted to the description of the minerals and ore deposits containing tin, gold, coal, and other valuable products .