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Item Number 2517
Title Ancient Volcanoes Of Great Britain, The
Author Geikie, Sir Archibald
Condition VG+/NONE
Publisher MacMillan
Place Published London
Date Published 1897
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Hardcover; 1st Printing
Notes 1st edition/1st printing. Contains 7 foldout maps with subject areas in color, plus 175 B&W illustrations in Volume I and 208 B&W illustrations in Volume II. The foldout maps are, in Volume I: 1) Map of the Silurian Volcanic Districts of North Wales (10" x 9-5/8"); 2) Map of the Volcanic Districts of the Lower Old Red Sandstone of 'Lake Caledonia' in Central Scotland & North East Ireland (10-1/16" x 30"); 3) Map of the Carboniferus Volcanoes of Scotland (13-1/2" x 17-3/4"); 4) Map of the Volcanic Districts of the British Isles (30" x 21"); and in Volume II, 5) Map of the Permian Volcanic Districts of Scotland (15-5/8" x 12-3/4"); 6) Map of the Tertiary Volcanic Region of the Inner Hebrides (10-1/16" x 13-1/2"); and 7) Map of the Tertiary Volcanic District of North East Ireland (13" x 8-1/2"). All the foldout maps are in excellent condition with some areas of very slight age darkening to the paper, with map 4 having a very short, closed edge tear with no loss of material, and map 2 having 1 small upper edge fold nick not interferring with the map itself (in the border). Volume I has 477 pages plus ads; Volume II has 492 pages plus ads. Dark green cloth bindings with gilt lettering. The volumes are 10-1/4" tall x 7" wide. Some minor edge/corner/spine end wear to the binding and bumping to corners but very sturdily bound, straight spines, and the binding cloth and text pages are clean with just occasional small and very faint foxing spots to text pages. Quite scarce to find this set in good condition and 'not' an ex-library. Sir Archibald Geikie was born at Edinburgh in 1835, and his interest in science was furthered in the direction of geology when he and his friends discovered fossils at Burdiehouse quarries. He became part of the Geological Survey connected to the University of Edinburgh in 1854, and he supplemented his official work with field study during vacation periods. Geikie became head of the Geological Survey of Great Britain in 1881, and he held this position until his retirment in 1901. Geikie was primarily interested in geomorphology, and became the foremost advocate of the theory of land surface erosion through fluvial action, weathering agents and ice action during repeated ice ages. This replaced the predominant theory, that landmasses were subject to submarine sculpture before uplift. He also studied past volcanic action, and made the first attempt to group Scotland's sequence of eruptions chronologically. Studies of Scotland's Old Red Sandstone strata led to the first recognition of the widespread unconformity between the upper and lower group. Geikie was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1861 and Fellow of the Royal Society, London, in 1865. He was President of the Geological Society of London, 1891-1892 and 1906-1908, and was awarded their Wollaston Medal in 1895. He was awarded the Royal Society's Royal Medal in 1896 and served as their president from 1908-1913. He was knighted in 1891, created Knight Commander of the Bath in 1907 and received the Order of Merit in 1913. Sir Geikie was one of the forefathers of modern geologic theory. ; Vol. 2
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Keyword(s) Volcanoes,Britain,England,Geology,Earth Sciences,Nature,Natural History,Great Britain,Volcanic theory
Category(ies) Anthropology Archaeology Earth Sciences,History Travel Exploration Places,Antiquarian Non-Fiction
Price $1012.50