SMITH, William. John PHILLIPS.

Memoirs of William Smith, LL.D., author of the “Map of the Strata of England and Wales.”

London: John Murray…1844

8vo,pp. viii, 1 leaf (list of illustrations), 150, 7, (1), stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait of Smith by T.A. Dean after Fourau and 4 other portrait plates. The last 8 pages are Murray’s advertisements dated January 1844, woodcuts in the text. Original brown blind-stamped cloth, yellow endpapers, uncut, fine copy.

FIRST EDITION of the principal source of information on the life and work of the engineer, mineralogist and geologist William Smith, later dubbed “the father of English geology” by Adam Sedgwick. Phillips was his nephew, ward, pupil and assistant, and a distinguished geologist in his own right. His biography was printed in an edition of 500 copies, and there was only one edition until modern reprints appeared.


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