• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 50

    A FINE SET OF SOPWITH'S GEOLOGICAL MODELS

    THOMAS SOPWITH, AFTER 1841

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    A FINE SET OF SOPWITH'S GEOLOGICAL MODELS
    THOMAS SOPWITH, AFTER 1841
    Six 4-inch square models, comprised of different woods to represent different rock strata, in original case resembling a folio (restored) -- with a signed presentation copy of Sopwith's Description of a series of geological models. Newcastle, [1841]. (176 x 107mm) (worn).
    13½ x 9½in. (34.5 x 24cm.) (2)


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    Made by Thomas Sopwith (1803-1879), these geological models of coal seams and their related strata were sold by the mineralogist to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, James Tennant (1808-1881). Their contemporary Charles Lyell held them in such high regard as teaching models for students of geology that he illustrated them in his 1841 Elements of Geology. Comprised of 579 seperate pieces of wood, these intricate wooden models fully justified their retail price of for £2 10 0 for a set of six and £5 for twelve. The current set of twelve come with two additional, smaller models, very rarely seen.

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