Hitchcock, Edward; Address Delivered at the Meeting of the Association of American Geologists and Naturalists at their Second Annual; Meeting in Philadelphia, April 5, 1841. New Haven, B. L. Hamlen, 1841. Octavo, pp. 48.
The work is complete and in the original pale title wraps bound in a recent archival folder. The binding is tight and clean, chipping to margins of original wraps repaired with archival tissue, text is very clean, inscribed on cover “Edwards Hall, Albany, NY”. In very good condition.
Hitchcock (1793-1864), a noted naturalist and geologist at Amherst College; is best remembered for his pioneering studies of New England's geology and paleontology. He discovered evidence of glaciation in western Massachusetts and performed early pioneering studies in vertebrate paleontology and paleoichnology in the Triassic sandstones of Connecticut and Massachusetts. He also completed the first comprehensive geological survey of Massachusetts. His address at the association provides an excellent overview to the study of geology in America and more detailed attention is then given to describing the progress of the geological surveys being undertaken in each state. The volume contains a wealth of information for the historian of geology.