SEALE, Robert Francis (1791-1839). The Geognosy of the Island of St. Helena, illustrated in a series of views, plans and sections; accompanied with explanatory remarks and observations. London: Sedding & Turtle for Ackermann & Co., 1834.
Oblong 2° (360 x 533mm). 1p. list of 55 subscribers for 104 copies. 11 lithographic plates after Seale, drawn on stone by M. Gauci, printed by Graf & Soret, 10 hand-coloured, one hand-tinted, 8 mounted lithographic illustrations, 1 hand-coloured, 4 tinted and 3 uncoloured. (30mm. tear to outer blank margin of subscriber's leaf, lower outer corner of title, dedication leaf and first plate creased, most plates with some spotting, light soiling, staining or offsetting.) Contemporary half morocco, lettered in gilt on upper cover 'The Geognosy of the Island of St. Helena' (extremities scuffed, some discolouration or staining to cloth on covers). Provenance: Philip Gosse (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION on this beautifully illustrated work on the extraordinary geology of St. Helena. Robert Seale was born on St. Helena and later, in the employ of the East India Company, worked under Henry Brooke, perhaps the island's best known historian. In 1836 he was appointed the first Colonial Secretary under the Crown, but was dismissed in 1838 and died suddenly in the following year. 104 copies of the present work were subscribed for, mostly by individuals, but the East India Company (to whom the work is dedicated) ordered forty copies. Abbey Travel I,317; BM(NH) IV,p.1889.