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19th Century Illustrations - Geology

  • Famous Geologists
    No.1, £10 Sedgwick

    The Late Professor Sedgwick, Feb 8,1873,The Illustrated London News. B/W engraving, flat, 9"x8" on same pageFire at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich In very good condition.

  • Famous Geologists
    No.2, £45 Murchison

    Men of the Day No.14; 'a faithful friend, and eminent Savant, and the best possible of Presidents, in Vanity Fair, Nov. 26, 1870. Sir Roderick Murchison was the second director general of the Geological Survey from 1855 to 1871. He died within the year of this cartoon and the accompanying page reads very like an advance obituary. Colour printed figure, 14"x9" and single page article, in very good condition.

  • Famous Geologists
    No.5, £8 Huxley, Thomas

    Erasmus Darwin, M.D., FRS, 1804. Engraving by J.Heath. 52.5 x 41cm, plate area 45 x 36cm. The grandfather of Charles Darwin, Erasmus D. (1731-1802) was an original thinker, pioneering medic and inventor. An active member of the Lunar Society for decades. Precursor to his grandson’s work on evolution, described in his epic poem, Temple of Nature. His home in Lichfield is now a remarkable monument to is multi-faceted life. Flat, uncreased, age-toned and foxed. Clear plate mark and picture area clean. Much of the foxing could be covered by mount, if framed. In fair to good condition.

  • Famous Geologists
    No.6, £4 Matthew, William D

    William Diller Matthew (1871-1930), from Bulletin Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., v117. Lithograph plate of charcoal sketch by Peter Van Vollenburgh, Jan.1922. Matthew was an outstanding figure in vertebrate palaeontology and first palaeontologist to study rigorously the Pleistocene fossil mammals of Cuba. Flat, 27 x 19.5cm, on cream-coloured paper in fine condition

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.7, £24 Minerals

    Microscopical Discoveries, Crystallizations, 1795-1805, a copy of the above published by A.Hogg. In business as A.Hogg, Paternoster Row, London, 1784-1805. Pioneer of publishing part works as weekly numbered issues. Uncoloured engraving (14.5"x8.5") almost exact copy but with heavier linework than Chambers. Slight brown spotting. In good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.8, £15 Iron Ore, Sowerby

    Hand-coloured engraving of magnetic iron ore fBritish Mineralogy; or, coloured figures intended to elucidate the Mineralogy of Great Britain by James Sowerby, 1806 (date on figure). 9"x5". Clean, flat with clear plate impression (4.75"x4.25"), with 2pp of description written in first person. In very good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.9, £10 Ironstone, Sowerby

    Hand-coloured engraving of Ironstone fBritish Mineralogy; or, coloured figures intended to elucidate the Mineralogy of Great Britain by James Sowerby, 1806 (date on figure). 9"x5". Clean,flat but with creases across centre. Clear plate impression (4.25"x3.75"), with 1p of description written in first person. In good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.10, £11 Limestone, Sowerby

    Hand-coloured engraving of Limestones fBritish Mineralogy; or, coloured figures intended to elucidate the Mineralogy of Great Britain by James Sowerby, 1802 (date on figure). 9"x5". Clean, flat but with creases across centre. Clear plate impression (6.5"x3.5"), with 3pp of description of roe-stone, Bath stone and Portland stone, written in first person. In very good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.11 £15 Sulpher, Sowerby

    Hand-coloured engraving of Sulphur from British Mineralogy; or, coloured figures intended to elucidate the Mineralogy of Great Britain by James Sowerby, 1806 (date on figure). 9"x5". Clean, flat with clear plate impression (4.5"x3.5"), with 3pp of description written in first person. In very good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.12 £10 Alberta/BC, Canada

    Columbia Icefield / Champs de Glace Columbia, Jasper National Park, 1997. WorldSat International Inc. Scale 1:100,000. Colour satellite image poster, 61x84.5cm. Annotated with names of glaciers descending from the icefield and captions along base of image in French and English. On heavy gloss paper in very good condition

Fossils

Now universally understood as the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms, the word fossil derives from the Latin fossilis, meaning 'dug up'. In its earliest use fossil applied also to any rock or mineral found in the ground. The current use of the word fossil became widespread by the early 1800s, although in the Australian gold rushes of the 1850, a prospector was known as a 'fossicker', which in time came sometimes to mean a troublesome person. Although fossicker and fossicking have disappeared from our current vocabulary, we still find fossil applied pejoratively to some old ideas and people.
In some of the illustrations listed the title fossil will seem inappropriate but they are from a time when the older wider meaning of Fossil applied.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.13 £30

    Fossils, ca1795-1805, published by Alexander Hogg who pioneered the publication of part works as weekly numbered issues. Includes crystals, concretions but the only fossils as we know them appear to be "pitholithos" and "oculatus lapis" which appear to be shelly limestone and agglomerate. Uncoloured engraving (14.5"x8.5") with clear plate mark. Brown stain on bottom edge and minor marginal tears not affecting plate area. Otherwise, in good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.14 £30

    Fossils, tab. II, ca1795-1805, published by Alexander Hogg who pioneered the publication of part works as weekly numbered issues. Various plants, corals and "fishes" teeth. Uncoloured engraving (14.5"x8.5") with clear plate mark. Brown stain on bottom edge and minor marginal tears not affecting plate area. Otherwise, in very good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.15 £30

    Testaceous Animals, ca1795-1805, published by Alexander Hogg who pioneered the publication of part works as weekly numbered issues. Bold uncoloured engravings of various Echinoids, very attractive graphic. Slight brown spotting to margins and lower right corner is torn along plate edge; can be covered by framing. Otherwise, is in good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.16 £12 Volcano

    A Volcano, ca 1779. Uncoloured engraving 5.5"x3.5". engraved by E.Martin. Faint brown spot on lower margin, otherwise in good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.17 £25 Volcano,Goldsmith,O

    A Volcano, 1790, fAn History of the Earth and Animated Nature by O.Goldsmith. Uncoloured engraving 5.5"x3.5", in 10"x9"frame. Glass can be removed for posting. Nearly identical copy of above figure. Slight overall browning with age. In good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.18 £35 Beaumont, de LE

    Gibbosité Centrale de L'Etna, 183Gibbosité )is no longer used but translates as prominence, protruberence, protrusion, extrusion, bump). View from ESE. Folded engraving of very high quality, 33x47cm (13"x18.5") and below it a line drawing with feature names. Slight browning at edges. In good condition. Together with more distant views from SE and south, equally good engravings but with spotting on the image area, and articSur la structure et sur l'origine du Mont Etna, pp175-216 and 575-630Annales des Mines. Map missing from otherwise complete article.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.19 £20 Central France

    Mineralogy: Basalt, 1803 (date at base) flat uncoloured engraving, 21x16.5cm, of a volcano, showing lava flow and columnar basalt. A copy of Demarest’s classic image of 1774 for an unknown English encyclopedia. Slight foxing into top of image area, otherwise in good condition. £20

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.20 £35 Berghaus, Physikal. Atlas

    Vermischtes zur Geologie [Miscellaneous (volcanic) Geology], 1850. The main map is the high Andean Quito Plateau of Ecuador showing the volcano complexes of Pichincha and Antisana. It is surrounded by insets of the Pyrenees with cross-section a coral atoll (over subsided volcano), the volcano Gedee in Java, the Himalayas and a diagram of the comparative heights of the highest mountains. Quite a pastiche! Engraving with limited areas of hand colouring, 36x46cm. Flat with centre-fold, Slight age browning at edges. Clear plate impression. In very good condition. Also listed in World/ocean maps.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.21 £75 1850c SOLD

    Tableau de l’état du globe à ses différents ages, c 1850, (trans- Table of the state of the globe at its different ages), an illustrated summary of the Geology course given by Prof. Néréé Boubée, and signed by him. All parts ‘accord with Genisis’. Schematic structure of generalise landscape, but showing Toulouse specifically. Hand coloured lithograph 54.5 x 72cm with centre-fold. An uncommon original and stimulating graphic for students. Bright, clean, colourful. In very good condition.

  • Geology Illustrations
    No.22 £45 1859

    Stato del globo nelle sue diverse età, (trans- state of the globe in its different ages) published by GB Maggi in Atlante Universale de Geografia Antica e Moderna, 1859, Hand coloured engraving, 42.5 x 56cm. Wide margins, plate area 27 x 37.5cm, slightly askew. Immaculate bright and colourful. In very good to fine condition.