THE METALLIC WEALTH OF THE UNITED STATES, DESCRIBED AND COMPARED WITH THAT OF OTHER COUNTRIES. By J. D. Whitney. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co. London: Trübner & Co., 1854. 24x14.8 cm (octavo), pp. [i-iv] [ix] x [xi] xii-xx [xxi] xxii-xxxii  34-510 511-512: blank] [preliminaries complete despite gap in foliation], flyleaves at front and rear, 44 woodcut and 3 lithographic illustrations in the text, original purple cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, all edges rough trimmed, cream endpapers. First edition. "Establishing himself as a consulting expert in mining after the close of the Lake Superior survey, with headquarters first in Brookline, then in Cambridge, Whitney soon built up a clientage throughout the eastern United States and Canada that gave him opportunity second to none for acquiring information concerning ores, ore deposits, and mining, which he worked up into book form under the title METALLIC WEALTH OF THE UNITED STATES (1854). The volume marked an important epoch in the literature of ore deposits and remained the standard work of reference up to the time of Prime's translation (1870) of Bernhard von Cotta's DIE LEHRE VON DEN ERZLAGERSTÄTTEN (1859). ... Whitney was independent in thought and action, strong of character and aggressive, wholesomely outspoken in criticism of poor work, and equaled among geologists only by John Peter Lesley as a writer of vigorous English. His work in northern Michigan and the lead region of the upper Mississippi Valley, and his METALLIC WEALTH OF THE UNITED STATES gave powerful stimulus to the scientific study of ore deposits and raised the calling of the mining geologist to a higher plane. As a teacher of college students he was only moderately successful ... He was primarily 'an accurate and painstaking scholar, who set before his pupils an ideal of scholarship and taught them not to make mistakes' (Brewster, Life and Letters of Josiah Dwight Whitney, p. 322). Through the few men whom he influenced profoundly he helped shape the teaching of geology and geography in the schools of America for the succeeding generation" (DAB). Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, spine panel browned, a very good copy. A very nice copy of a book usually found in grubby condition. (#167617).
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