Rare Geology Book: Webb, Philip Barker; Osservazioni Intorno Allo Stato Antico E Presente Dell' Agro Trojano, 1821

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Webb, Philip Barker;  Osservazioni Intorno Allo Stato Antico E Presente Dell' Agro Trojano... Milano, Imp. Regia Stamp., 1821. Octavo, pp. 111, 1, folded map.

The work is complete and in a modern calf over marbled boards with calf spine label. The binding is tight and clean, text has light foxing, ex-library with stamps on title page and verso of map, very faint stamp right side of map on front. In good condition.


Webb (1793-1854). was an English botanist, geologist and traveler.  He was educated at Harrow and at Christ Church, Oxford where his studies under William Buckland inspired him to pursue further studies in geology. The death of his father resulted in the inheritance of a large fortune and he began to fulfill his desire for travel and scientific research. He visited Vienna, where he met and became close friends of the Chevalier Parolini of Bassano, who had studied botany and geology under Brocchi.  What is very interesting is the fact that Webb’s studies and research in botany have been published but his many geological and mineralogical notes, including a geological map of the Lisbon basin still remain unpublished. 
Webb spent winter of 1817–18 at Naples and Parolini joining him there. Beginning in April 1818 they traveled by way of Otranto, Corfu, Patras, and Athens, to the Cyclades, Constantinople, and the Troad, returning by Smyrna and Malta to Sicily. Being well versed in Homer and Strabo, Webb studied the topography and geology of the Troad region of Anatolia and the site of Troy. His studies reached conclusions very different from those propounded by Le Chevalier in his ‘Voyage de la Troade dans 1785 et 1789,’ and in 1821 he published his ‘Osservazioni intorno allo stato antico e presente dell' agro Trojano,’.  The work was expanded in 1844 into ‘Topographie de la Troade ancienne et moderne,”. His observations on the geology and topography of the Troad region were important in settling several important points in Homeric geography.