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NUGENT, Nicholas. A Sketch of the Geology of the Island of Antigua. [extracted from The Transactions of the Geological Society, vol. V]. London: William Phillips, 1821.
4° (290 x 230mm). , 17, p. Hand-coloured engraved map of Antigua. 2 hand-coloured double-page sectional views of geological strata after the author, mounted on guards. (Light marginal waterstaining to title and text, some light creasing, final quire slightly torn at upper inner margin, maps with short marginal tears and splits along fold-lines, final map a little waterstained and soiled at margins.) Contemporary half calf (upper joints split, corners rubbed). Provenance: presentation copy to the Bishop of Barbados (inscribed on title: 'For the Right Revd. the Lord Bishop of Brabados & the Leeward Isld. from his most respectful and devoted servant The Author'; occasional manuscript corrections in the author's hand).
PRESENTATION COPY WITH THE AUTHOR'S CORRECTIONS of this early geological paper on one of the most scientifically interesting of the West Indian islands. 'No island of this cluster will perhaps be found more worthy of notice than Antigua; which, though it possesses none of the sublime features which frequently characterise primitive countries, and is entirely free from the modern vestiges of volcanic fire, does yet exhibit, in a singular degree, both in its outline and in its component rocks, the awful havock which has attended former revolutions of the earth's surface.' Not in Sabin.
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