Rare geology Book: Thurmann, Jules; Esquisses Orographiques de la Chaine du Jura, par J. Thurmann...1852.

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Thurmann, Jules; Esquisses Orographiques de la Chaine du Jura, par J. Thurmann... Premiere Partie, (all published) renferman. 1. L'Esquisse topographique du Jura Oriental, reduite et gravee sur pierre par Eug ne Frote . 2. Quinze coupes transversales de cette partie du Jura dans toute sa Largeur. 3. Douze aspects longitudinaux pour donner une idee des formes en perspective . . .Porrentruy, Imprimerie et Lithographie de Victor Michel 1852. Porrentruy, Imprimerie et de lithography de Victor Michel, 1852. Small folio (340 x 260 mm.), pp. 2, 17, 1, 1 large folded hand-colored geological map of the eastern and central Jura, and two large folded hand-colored sheets of profiles.

The work is complete and in the original yellow, paper covered boards with titles inside a decorative border. Light scuffing to boards and binding edges, x-lib with early library stamp on front and verso of title page and lower border of one text page, later ownership book plate on front paste-down. The text and plates are exceptionally clean and free of stains and foxing.


Jules Thurmann (1804-1855) was a Swiss geologist and botanist. His career was devoted to the stratigraphy and paleontology of the French and Swiss Jura Mountains. Thurmann was also a close friend of the noted geologists Jules Marcou (1824-1898) and Louis Agassiz (1807-1873). Marcou was to work with Thurmann on a geological survey of the Jura Mountains and much of Marcou’s thinking on the Jurassic was formed under Thurmann. Thurmann’s “Chaine du Jura” is with out a doubt his rarest work and thus seldom seen.