Grenoble / Paris: Nyon, Nee & Masquelier / Cuchet, 1778.
1st Edition. Soft cover. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #003183
Large folio (466 x 320 mm). , xviii, , 460 pp., including 2 engraved vignettes, woodcut initials, approbation leaf, general index, and 20 engraved plates (one double-page, one sparsely colored). Contemporary marbled wrappers, spine with paper label lettered in manuscript (minor cracking, chipping of wrappers, stronger at spine ends, some dust soiling and staining). All pages untrimmed. Text and plates generally crisp and clean, just some minor marginal dust soiling, very light uneven browning, first few leaves with little worming at gutter, long tear with old repair but without loss to leaf Gg3, small tear without loss in plate 12. A fine, unsophisticated and unpressed copy. ----
En Français dans le Texte 169; DSB IV, p.548; Brunet II, 1192; Hoover Coll. 294; Ward & Carozzi 779; Ebert 7369; Wellcome III, 12. - FIRST FOLIO EDITION of probably the most attractive work published on vulcanology. The volcanoes of central France had previously been studied by others but basalt was thought to be produced by the crystallization of water. This work, and that of Desmarest published in 1764, proved that it was formed through volcanic action.
"Meanwhile, Faujas had been exploring the hilly districts of Vivarais and Velay in the east-central France and found that the basalt there was also volcanic ... he embodied them in 1778 in a great folio work on the ancient volcanoes of Vivarais and Velay (accounts of other researches were included). The work established once and for all that basalt, a rock important scientifically because of its distinctive characteristics, its widespread occurrence, and the manner of its association with other kinds of rocks, was the product of volcanic action" (D.S.B. IV, p. 548).
"Mais il fut le premier à mener dans cette province une enquête systématique, le premier à constituer une riche collection des différentes variétés de basalte, le premier à publier le résultat de ses investigations dans un ouvrage in-folio, superbement illustré de vingt grandes planches gravées par les meilleurs artistes du moment" (En Français dans le Texte 169). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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