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First scientific study of the St. Pietersberg at Maastricht

Natuurlijke historie van den St. Pieters Berg bij Maastricht. ... Uit het Fransch door J.D. Pasteur.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1802. 8vo. With an engraved title-page with a small illustration by D. Vrijdag, a folding engraved map and folding engraved plan of the St. Pietersberg, and numerous illustrations of minerals and fossils on 52 folding engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine.
€ 1,600
First edition of the Dutch translation of a geological study of the St. Pietersberg near Maastricht, the Netherlands by Barthélemy Faujas de Saint-Fond (1741-1819), a French geologist and assistant of Buffon at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. When in the course of the French Revolution the Netherlands became part of France, Faujas de Saint-Fond came to explore the St. Pietersberg near Maastricht. He collected a mass of fossils, and published his natural history of the Sint Pietersberg, which represented the first scientific study about this now famous calcareous mountain. The work was richly illustrated with newly engraved plates showing the caves, fossils, and minerals. It became the favourite school book on the subject, especially in Limburg.
Slightly browned, with some occasional, mostly marginal, small spots and some of the margins slightly frayed. Binding worn along the extremities, with the marbled paper sides heavily scratched. Overall in good condition.
Bibl. Natura Artis Magistra 1542; Poggendorff I, col. 724.
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