Geology of the Provinces of Canterbury and Westland, New Zealand. A Report comprising the Results of Offical Explorations.

By: von Haast, Julius (1822-1887)

Price: NZ$675.00

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Book Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Cloth boards rubbed and flecked . Spine faded. Split to gutter at rear hinge. Minor spots of foxing. Label on front endpaper "The Epsom Trust". ; Uncommon. ix, [3], 486 pages + folding frontispiece + 4 maps (3 folding) + 11 plates of geological sections + 9 folding plates of Views (several of glaciers, one of the gorge of the Rakaia river, one of the skeleton of a Moa, Dinornis Maximus, compared with that of a Chatham Islands Moriori. Original maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Page dimensions: 215 x 133mm. Aside from the geological aspects, the work for this book involved much arduous exploration of rugged terrain. "With a hand trembling from the cold, I executed a panoramic sketch of this grand alpine scenery to fix the bearings of the principal topographical features around us, my assistant, Mr. A. D. Dobson, having no little trouble to keep the stand of the instrument steady from the strong blasts of wind sweeping over this exposed height." - page 34. Provenance: This copy inscribed by the author on front endpaper, but not signed. The inscription reads: "The Revd. A. G. Purchas / with kindest remembrances / from / his old friend the author / Aug 20th 1879". Arthur Guyon Purchas (1821-1906) "was a clergyman, missionary, surgeon, musician, engineer, inventor, pioneer, geologist and botanist born in the Wye Valley, who lived most of his life in Auckland, New Zealand." - Wikipedia entry on Arthur Guyon Purchas, accessed December 2020. Haast was the Director of the Canterbury Museum, and Government Geologist to the Province of Canterbury. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall 2391 - "Haast's scientific classic was written as a 'final report' and is a distillation of his numerous earlier papers."] ; 8vo

Title: Geology of the Provinces of Canterbury and Westland, New Zealand. A Report comprising the Results of Offical Explorations.

Author Name: von Haast, Julius (1822-1887)

Categories: Geology,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Christchurch, Printed at the "Times" Office, Gloucester Street and Cathedral Square: 1879

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 22137