Geology of North America with Some Pointed Remarks on the Young Republic

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112. DAUBENY, Charles [Giles Bridle]. Sketch of the Geology of North America Being the Substance of a Memoir Read Before the Ashmolean Society Nov. 26, 1838. Oxford: The Ashmolean Society, 1839. [i-iii] iv-xviii, [1] 2-73 [1, blank] pp., chart, 1 folded map (see below). 8vo (22.5 x 15 cm), early three-quarter brown leather over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Map backed and missing a small piece at top left; no loss of text or image. Map and title lightly stained, otherwise fine, with author’s presentation inscription. Scarce.


Map of the United States and Canada. Lithograph map. Neat line to neat line: 16.9 x 22.6 cm; overall sheet size: 21.7 x 27.7 cm. Shows Western Territory and northeast Texas to the Atlantic coast and from Nova Scotia to St. Augustine, Florida.

            First edition. British Museum Catalog, Natural History I, p. 424. Sabin 18661. Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol. III, pp. 585-586:

Daubeny (b. Stratford, Gloucestershire England, 11 February 1795; d. Oxford, England, 13 December 1867; chemistry, geology).... A desire to practice medicine led him to attend the [Oxford] University chemical lectures.... Daubeny carried out important research in chemistry, geology, and botany.... His career illustrates the growing nineteenth-century involvement of Anglican clerics and the ancient universities in science, and the way that the biological and earth sciences were at the focus of attention.

Daubeny’s introductory essay includes a discussion of the United States, its constitution, populace, and the scientific community in Philadelphia, but not without some criticism and urging of more scientific study by the Americans themselves. Chapters include “Sandstone of Connecticut,” “Pleasing Features of the Valley of Connecticut,” “Geological structure of the Rocky Mountains,” “Iron Mountain in Missouri,” “Similar ore of iron in Arkansas,” “Falls of Niagara considered geologically,” “Thermal Springs of North Carolina,” the Red River Raft, etc.


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