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Book Description
The first appearance of Georges Cuvier [1769-1832] and Alexandre Brongniart's [1770-1847] groundbreaking Essai sur La Geographie Mineralogique des Environs de Paris, published in Memoires de la Classe des Sciences Mathematiques et Physiques de L'Institut Imperial de France, Annee 1810, pub. Firmin Didot 1811. 278 pages, with two folding plates, one showing cross sections and elevations of the terrain around Paris, the second showing fossil finds. Also, a large fold out, coloured map of the geology of the Paris region, a landmark geological map which established paleontological stratigraphy, where distinctive fossils helped to establish layers of rock. The two men's researches proved the presence of alternating fresh and salt water inland seas in the remote past. Different colours, pink for limestone, blue for gypsum, yellow for marine gypsum marls, and green for freshwater terrain. Dotted lines indicate the men's travels. The Essai is bound with other contributions to the Memoires in 1810 including a work by the French mathematician, Laplace and an 18 page appreciation of the balloonist, Joseph-Michel Montgolfier. Quarto, red cloth, mildly rubbed, leather spine with gilt title; Memoires de L'Institut, Sciences, mathematiques, Physiques with Atheneum gilt logo to foot of spine and date 1811.
Author Georges Cuvier [1769-1832] and Alexandre Brongniart [1770-1847]
Date 1811
Binding hardback
Publisher Memoires de la Classe des Sciences Mathematiques et Physiques de L'Institut Imperial de France, Annee 1810, pub. Firmin Didot 1811
Illustrator folding plates and large coloured map
Condition Very good
Pages 278

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