Fourth Edition, published in 1837 by Longman, Rees, Orme , Brown, Green, & Longman. Illustrated with tables of data and diagrams, and includes an index.
Subtitled: 'A Notice of the Characters and Elements of Minerals; with Accounts of the Places and Circumstances in Which They are Found.'
Written by William Phillips, this the fourth edition, considerably augmented by Robert Allan. A fascinating old reference book of interest to anyone who is interested in the history of the development of scientific knowledge.
There is a note on the inside front cover stating 'An early edition of this book was taken on board HMS Beagle by Darwin in 1831.Darwin took a copy of this on the Beagle' This note is signed by Martin Brasier.
This is an association copy, previously owned by Martin D Brasier, an English palaeobiologist and astrobiologist known for his conceptual analysis of microfossils and evolution in the Precambrian and Cambrian. He was Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall. His research critically examined the context and character of the early fossil record.
The boards covers are pretty worn and stained and part of the spine label is missing. The edges to the inside pages are rough, probably untrimmed after opening. The pages, albeit a bit yellowed, are pretty clean and the binding is sound.
Overall in very reasonable condition for a book of this age.