Shaler, Nathaniel Southgate & William Morris Davis; Illustrations of the Earth's Surface: Glaciers. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1881. First Edition. Hardcover. Illustrations are twenty-five plates produced by the Heliotype Co. Folio, pp. vi, 196, text illustrations, 25 plates with associated descriptive text pages.
The work is complete and in a later cloth with the original gilt titles on pebbled brown cloth retained. The binding is tight and clean, text and plates are clean with an early library stamp on the title page and withdrawn stamp on the edge of first preface page. In very good condition.
Shaler ( 1841-1906 ) was an American geologist and paleontologist best known for his studies on structural geology and Earth history. He was a professor of paleontology at Harvard for over twenty years, , Director of the Kentucky Geological Survey. In 1884 he was appointed to the eastern division of the USGS. In 1881 he co-authored “Glaciers” with the prominent geologist and geographer William Morris Davis ( 1850-1934). Davis is often referred to as the father of American geography. “Glaciers’ is recognized as an early work in heliotrope printing with the twenty-five plates being produced by the Heliotype Company. Each plate is a beautiful illustration of a glacier or glacial terrain. This was to be the first work in a series on surface features of the Earth but no further volumes were published.