London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1854. First Edition. Three-Quarter Calf. First Printing of this condensation, with additions, of Murchison’s monumental treatise on the Silurian strata, an "important milestone in geology, for it established the oldest fossil-bearing classification then known." (ODNB) Demy 8vo (220 x 136mm): xvi,523,, followed by 37 multi-figure transfer lithographed plates drawn by J. D. C. Sowerby, and with folding lithographed map by C. Achilles, one folding hand-colored map (frontispiece), engraved by J. W. Lowry, of the Silurian rocks and overlying formations in Wales and adjacent parts of England, and numerous woodcuts throughout the text. Three-quarter brown leather over marbled boards, black leather lettering piece gilt, all edges marbled, end papers renewed. Ownership stamp of Mentor Etnyer to title page (and elsewhere, discretely, throughout text) and signature to dedication page, dated 1930. A superb copy of this notable work, richly illustrated, handsomely bound, and virtually pristine. Dibner 97. Challinor 169. Fine. Item #BB1869
Murchison was first to establish and describe the geologic sequence of Early Paleozoic strata (542 million to about 251 million years ago), the time during which multi-cellular life, both vascular plants and arthropods (small invertebrate animals), began to appear on land. Mentor Etnyre was an engineering geologist and prospector in the western United States, who managed mining operations at the Plumas-Eureka Mine, near Johnsville, Plumas County, California. His papers are held in the California History Room of the California State Library, in Sacramento. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).