An Account of some Geological Specimens from the Coasts of Australia. KING, FLINDERS.
An Account of some Geological Specimens from the Coasts of Australia.
An Account of some Geological Specimens from the Coasts of Australia.
An Account of some Geological Specimens from the Coasts of Australia.

An Account of some Geological Specimens from the Coasts of Australia.

London: W. Clowes, 1826.

Slim octavo, [iv], 64 pp., with three aquatints and an impressive folding map of the coastline of north and western Australia; in recent polished half calf.

Scarce paper concerning the mineral specimens collected during the north Australian voyage of Philip Parker King, with three aquatints from the Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia bound in. The paper also examines geological materials collected by Robert Brown during the Investigator voyage of Matthew Flinders, and makes frequent reference to the writings of François Péron relating to Australian minerals. The text reveals a comfortable familiarity with Australian minerals held in European collections including the cabinets at the Jardin du Roi and the Hospice at Nice. In treating Australian landscape geology, Fitton refers to a wide range of source materials including the voyage publications of Vancouver, d'Entrecasteaux, Peron, Freycinet and Duperrey.

Scarce paper concerning the mineral specimens collected during the north Australian voyage of Philip Parker King, with three aquatints from the Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia bound in. The paper also examines geological materials collected by Robert Brown during the Investigator voyage of Matthew Flinders, and makes frequent reference to the writings of François Péron relating to Australian minerals. The text reveals a comfortable familiarity with Australian minerals held in European collections including the cabinets at the Jardin du Roi and the Hospice at Nice. In treating Australian landscape geology, Fitton refers to a wide range of source materials including the voyage publications of Vancouver, d'Entrecasteaux, Peron, Freycinet and Duperrey.
Fitton's paper was part of a larger project of study and comparison of the Australian specimens that came back from the voyage. As King notes in the Narrative, 'The specimens mentioned in the following list have been compared with some of those in England and other countries, principally in the cabinets of the Geological Society, and of Mr. Greenough; and with a collection from part of the confines of the primitive tracts of England and North Wales, formed by Mr. Arthur Aikin…'.
The paper was read before the Geological Society in November 1825 and published in the proceedings of the society the following year. This separately issued imprint with new title-page was embellished with three of the aquatint plates prepared for Murray's edition of King's Narrative.

Ferguson, 1071.

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