Isle of Wight, 1816, first detailed county geological map in Great Britain
Isle of Wight, 1816. Englefield, Sir HC, A Description of the Principal Picturesque Beauties, Antiquities, and Geological Phenomena, of the Isle of Wight. With Additional Observations on the Strata of the Island, and their continuation into the Adjacent Parts of Dorsetshire, by Thomas Webster. First edition. Folio format (35.5 x 28cm / 4kg), 238pp + index and explanation of plates, 50 engraved plates including 9 double page, one hand-coloured, and three fold-out maps, two topographical at one inch to the mile and one geological, hand-coloured, at one inch to two miles, covering the south coast between Weymouth and Portsmouth, date on map 1815. This was the first large scale geological map of anywhere in Great Britain. The geological description makes up more than half the text and half the plates, as coastal cliffs. Some spotting on the front end-papers and first two leaves and some foxing on last few plates. Contemporary red morocco leather, embossed gilt lettering and decoration to spine and boards with very slight wear. Gilt page edges, dark blue end papers with armorial bookplate of Edward Nicholas Hurt. Rare. In very good condition.