A masterpiece

Karrer, F.

Geologie der Kaiser Franz Josefs Hochquellen-Wasserleitung. Eine Studie in den Tertiär-Bildungen am Westrande des alpinen Theiles der Niederung von Wien.

Published 1877
Item ID 28719

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Wien, Hölder, 1877. Large 4to (33.5 x 25.5 cm). xiii, 420 pp.; 96 text engravings, 20 folded profiles, maps and lithographed plates, mostly coloured and several very large (size up to 32 x 100 cm), seven folded charts and tables. Later half cloth with paper label on the spine.

Very rare first and only edition on the geology, hydrology and palaeontology of the "Wiener Becken", and a masterpiece of its kind. Together with Eduard Suess, Karrer was the founder of palaeontology in Austria. Several plates were drawn by Suess. Plate I - a long, quadruple-folded, hand-coloured sheet - shows various views of the mountain, a map of the area, and a profile from the mountain all the way down to Vienna, which greatly depended upon the clean water from the mountain. Eleven other sheets with maps and/or profiles are quadruple-folded. One plate shows mainly new species of well-preserved molluscs, described by the Austrian malacologist Theodor Fuchs (1842-1925), and some foraminifers; another plate contains Foraminifera only. Two hand-coloured plates contain artefacts (Roman and older). The geological map of Vienna is very large and detailed. Also published as volume 9 of the Abhandlungen der geologischen Reichsanstalt. Uncut. A complete copy. Slight age-toning of the uncut fore-edges, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Neither in Nissen nor in Ward and Carozzi.

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