Rare early treatise on European fossil mammals

Devèze de Chabrol, J. S. and J. B. Bouillet

Essai géologique et minéralogique sur les environs d'Issoire, département du Puy-de-Dôme, et principalement sur la Montagne de Boulade.

Published 1827
Item ID 68194

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Clermont-Ferrand, Thibaud-Landriot, 1827. Folio (41.0 x 26.2 cm). xii, 104 pp.;hand-coloured lithographed geological map and hand-coloured profile, and 30 lithographed plates depicting vertebrates and several tables, including one very large, folded in the text. Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines and title. Marbled endpapers; speckled edges.

Rare early treatise on the geology and palaeontology, in particular the vertebrate palaeontology of this geologically very diverse region in central France, by the French engineer and geologist Jean Sébastien Devèze de Chabriol (1792-1842) and his compatriot, the geologist, palaeontologist, banker and museum curator Jean-Baptiste Bouillet (1799-1878). The map, with nine different colours, is titled Carte géologique du gîte des ossemens fossiles de Boulade près d'Issoire; the Profil et coupes géologiques has four sections including a detailed profile of the Plateau d'Issoire with the Montagne de Boulade and the towns of Boulade and Issoire. The plates depict antlers, bones and teeth, and include several deer species, rhinos, a Hippopotamus, big cats, etc. Small blind stamp in title page margin, a few spots on several plates and some text sections, but generally in good condition. The last time we had a copy of this work (in a modern binding) was in 2001. Ward and Carozzi, 658. Not in Wood.

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