Rare Geology Book: Wallace, William; The laws which regulate the deposition of lead ore in veins; illustrated by an examination of the geological structure of the mining districts of Alston Moor.

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Wallace, William; The laws which Regulate the Deposition of Lead Ore in Veins; illustrated by an Examination of the Geological Structure of the Mining Districts of Alston Moor. 1st edition, London, Edward Stanford, 1861. Quarto,, pp. xix, 1, 258, publisher's ads, 21 engraved plates/maps (19 hand-colored, 2 tinted), text figures, and a large folding, colored map in a rear pocket. 
The work is complete and in a ornately tooled full calf with gilt spine panels and titles. The binding is pristine and tight. Text , plates and map are exceptionally clean and bright. Student's matriculation notice to London University loose inside front cover. Early catalogue number crossed out on tp. In very good condition.
This classic treatise describes the bedrock geology and the character and occurrences of lead-bearing strata and veins in this famous mining region in northeast England. Chapters discuss ore body emplacement, hydrologic effects, and mineralogy of specific veins and localities. Mines/veins receiving attention include Clermont, Small Cleugh, Tyne Bottom, Ashgill Field, Rampgill, Holey Field, Coal Cleugh, and more. The metallic veins are also noteworthy for their magnificent mineral specimens: galena, calcite, fluorite, barite, etc. The folded 27 by 22 inches colored map entitled: "Map of the Alston-Moor and Coal-Cleugh Mining Districts" is clean and in the rear pocket