17 June 2008
WERNER, Abraham Gottlob (1750-1817). Von den äusserlichen Kennzeichen der Fossilien. Leipzig: Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius, 1774.
8o (176 x 104 mm). 8 folding tables (table 2 for page 128, bound after page 228). Contemporary boards (rubbing to spine, chipping to spine label).
FIRST EDITION. Werner's rare first published work in which he classified the outward characteristics of minerals and established standards of quantification which continued to be used into the 19th-century. He is best known as the author of an influential oceanic theory of the origin of world's crust, which gave rise to the Neptunist-Vulcanist theory which was to dominate 19th-century geology. Dibner Heralds of Science 81; Norman 2205; Sparrow Milestones of Science 196; Ward & Carozzi 2299.
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