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BOUE, Ami (1794–1881)

Essai géologique sur l'ecosse

Paris: Veuve Courcier, no date, 1820
8vo, pp. [x] 519 [5].
9 folding lithographed plates: numbered Pl. 1–7 and 2 unnumbered maps, the second hand-coloured.
Condition: 220 x 135mm, untrimmed, largely unopened. Some foxing.
Binding: Original pink wrappers, rebacked.
Provenance: Faint library stamp on half-title (illegible); booksellers label 'Librairie des Sciences Générales, H. Bécus' [Paris] dated November 1896 inside wrapper.
First edition.
Bibliography: Challionor 96; Ward and Carozzi 270.
£500

The first account of the geology of Scotland.
Born in Hamburg to Swiss parents Boué studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh (MD 1817) where one of his teachers was Robert Jameson who introduced him to the study of geology, to which he devoted the rest of his life. The book is dedicated to Jameson. ‘Although a student of Jameson, he atttached himself to Hutton’s party in regard to the origin of basalt, phonolite, trachyte, porphyry, and granite’ (Zittel p. 270).
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Keywords:     geology