Rare geology book: Bertrand, Louis; Renouvellemens périodiques des continens terrestres..1803

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Bertrand, Louis; Renouvellemens périodiques des continens terrestres; par Louis Bertrand, ....Seconde Edition, corrigée et considérablement augmentéen. Chez J. J. Paschoud, Geneve, 1803. Octavo, pp. half title, title, viii, 406, errata, 1 folded plate.

The work is complete and in a contemporary calf over marbled boards. The binding is tight and clean, light scuffing to the boards. Owners small book plate on the paste down, text is exceptionally clean and bright. In very good condition.


Louis Bertrand (1731-1812), was born in Geneva and was a Swiss geologist and mathematician. He was a pupil of Euler and became his close friend. In addition to writing a text on geometry he also wrote on geology. In "Renouvellemens périodiques des continens terrestres" he discusses  the evolution of terrestrial continents, mountains, layers statigraphiques, caves and fossils (animal and mineral).