The Earliest Geological Account of Scotland
Essai Géologique sur l'Écosse.
Seven folding lithographed plates & two folding maps (one hand-colored). x, , 519,  pp. 8vo, orig. pink wrappers (quite restored & rebacked), uncut. Paris: Courcier, .
First edition of the earliest geological account of Scotland. While a student at the University of Edinburgh, Boué (1794-1881), became interested in geology through the influence of his teacher, the mineralogist Robert Jameson. Boué’s rambles throughout Scotland allowed him to form his own conclusions as to the origin and age of the many igneous rocks of that country. This work contains much original information.
“Boué “distinguished very exactly between basaltic sheets and dykes, and described the various volcanic rocks petrographically. Although a student of Jameson, he attached himself to Hutton’s part in regard to the origin of basalt, phonolite, trachyte, porphyry, and granite.”–Zittel, p. 270.
A very good copy, entirely uncut, of a scarce book, preserved in a morocco-backed slipcase.
❧ D.S.B., II, pp. 341-42. Geikie, The Founders of Geology, p. 264–“In many respects this remarkable work was far in advance of its time, particularly in regard to the views expressed in it regarding the trappean rocks.”.
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