Rare geology book by Charles Daubeny, Sketch of the Geology of North America, 1839.

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Daubeny, Charles; A Sketch of the Geology of North America being the substance of a Memoir read before the Ashmolean Society, Nov. 26, 1838. Oxford, The Ashmolean Society, 1839. Octavo, pp. 73, folded map. The folding map shows the eastern half of US and the Great Lakes portion of Canada and the Maritimes.

The text is complete and in the original embossed cloth with gilt title on cover. Light sun fading to spine, owners signature on title page. Text is tight and contents very bright and clean. A very good copy.


Daubeny (1795-1867); an English chemist, botanist and geologist, is best remembered for his contributions to the understanding of the volcanic regions of Europe and his early contributions to American geology. His travels in North America started in the northeast where he remained until the end of 1837. During January, 1838, he traveled from Baltimore to Charleston, South Carolina and examined the geology and botany along the route.  He spent a month in Cuba and then started his travels again in New Orleans where he headed north to Pittsburgh and then to Virginia to examine the hot springs. In this work he provides descriptions of the iron ores in Arkansas and Missouri, the valley of Connecticut, geology of the mountains of New Hampshire, the geology of Niagara Falls, coal formations seen along his travels, the hot springs, minerals, etc.  The work is quite scarce.