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Manual of Coal and Its Topography

Lesley, J. P.

Published by J. B. Lippincott and Co., Philadelphia, 1856
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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First edition, small octavo, 224 pp. including 65 figures (including 2 geological maps) and an appendix. In original brown blindstamped cloth with gilt lettered spine title. Only the second publication (after a journal article) from this prolific and influential geologist who would later serve as State Geologist for the Second Pennsylvania Geological Survey. Coal production in the US was then undergoing a period of spectacular growth with Pennsylvania dominating the field of producing states. The work grew out of Lesley's experience as an assistant with the first Pennsylvania Geological Survey under H. D. Rogers and as a consulting expert to coal mine owners and operators. Merrill calls it "The most important work of the year on economic geology, and perhaps the most important thus far to appear, with the exception of Whitney's Metallic Wealth of the United States." The book actually goes beyond the scope implied in its title with digressions into Appalachian structure, drift theory, and other subjects, but clearly was the most useful and innovative manual of its type for planning and performing geological investigations. Of considerable interest is Lesley's treatise on topography, the science and the art, in the second half of the book, which is enriched with woodcuts. As early as the early 1840's, Lesley employed topography as a clue to geologic structure, and later having perfected it, he called it 'topographical geology'. (see Dictionary of Scientific Biography). Of this work, Rabbitt notes that "Lesley was one of the first, if not the first, to show topography by contours rather than hachures." for use in solving geological problems. *** Condition: Complete and in excellent overall condition with only minor problems. The covers show only a touch of wear at extremities. Spine lightly sunned with gilt lettering toned but still readable. Interior is entirely unmarked. Pages are uniformly browned and there is a thin dampstain to upper edge of preliminary pages and a corner dampstain to upper outer corner of last few pages. Binding sound and tight. Very good. Marcou Supplement 879 [276a] and 880 [276b], Munn 2717, Merrill p. 342. Bookseller Inventory # 000318

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Title: Manual of Coal and Its Topography

Publisher: J. B. Lippincott and Co., Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1856

Binding: Original Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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