Leipzig, Johann Gottfried Müller, 1783. 8vo (16.7 x 10.1 cm). 210, [ii] pp. Contemporary marbled boards, small leather label with gilt title on the spine. Edges yellow.
First German edition of an important contribution, which combines several sciences - including volcanology and physics - to the geology of the Mediterranean island volcanoes north of Sicily, including Lipari, Vulcano, and Stromboli. The author, Dieudonné Sylvain Guy Tancrède de Dolomieu, usually known as Déodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801) was an influential French geologist; the rock and mineral dolomite were named after him. In the present work, which was translated from the original French published in the same year, the author also describes the islands of Ustica and Pentellaria [= Pantellaria], and the peculiar Macaluba mud-volcano on Sicily. Later in his life de Dolomieu became involved in political troubles during the French Revolution, and was later imprisoned for nearly two years in Tarente, when France was at war with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Boards rubbed, small hole in the front free endpaper, otherwise a very good copy. Ward and Carozzi, 668.