MALLET, Robert, & John William MALLET.

The Earthquake Catalogue of the British Association, with the discussion, curves, and maps, etc. (From the Transactions of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1852 to 1858.) Being the Third and Fourth Reports.

London: Printed by Taylor and Francis…1858

8vo, 1 leaf, pp. 176, (117)–212, 326, 136, and 15 plates (including 11 folding, 2 coloured, and 8 graphs) numbered I–XV + X bis (V and VI are on one sheet). Contemporary green half calf, marbled sides, spine ruled and lettered in gilt (spine faded to brown). Presentation copy, inscribed by Mallett at the top of the title-page: “The Earl of Enniskillen with the author’s respects.” Armorial bookplate of the Earl of Enniskillen on front pastedown.

OFFPRINT, consisting of four separate parts, compiled from the sheets from four different volumes (for 1852, 1853, 1854 and 1858) of the Transactions of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, separately published with an added title-page. These four parts comprise Mallet’s Third and Fourth Reports to the British Association (the First and Second Reports are on the history of earthquakes and do not form part of the Catalogue). The first large-scale historical study of earthquakes, which includes in the two reports between 6000 and 7000 separate recorded earthquakes from every known part of the world. “Between them, they contain an extensive catalogue—which he prepared and debated with his son John W. Mallet—of 6,831 earthquakes reported between 1606 B.C. and A.D. 1858 and his seismic map of the world” (DSB). The Fourth Report includes a bibliography of earthquakes. The Report[s] of the British Association are not uncommon, but The Earthquake Catalogue, being a separately published compilation, is very rarely found.


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