Descriptions and Figures of Petrifactions, found in the Quarries, Gavel-Pits …

WALCOTT, John. Descriptions and Figures of Petrifactions, found in the Quarries, Gavel-Pits, &c, near Bath.

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WALCOTT, John. Descriptions and Figures of Petrifactions, found in the Quarries, Gavel-Pits, &c, near Bath. Bath: Printed for the Author, by S. Hazard. [1779].

8vo. Twentieth century green cloth, gilt lettering to spine; pp. v + [i] + 7-51 + [1] + iv, 16 engraved plates; occasional spots, some light offsetting from plates, very clean, very good. Provenance: front pastedown with bookplate of the Lieut-Col Egbert Lewis Bequest to Bath Public Reference Library, blindstamp to title page.
First edition. An early catalogue of fossils, being a survey of the collection of the author, a prominent naturalist best known for his Synopsis of British Birds. This rare book proved crucial to the pioneering work of William Smith on the stratigraphy of the area as he developed his techniques for drawing the first nationwide geological maps.

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