London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Limited, 1892.
First Edition. Hardcover. This 1892 first edition collection of illustrated essays by Edward Alfred Martin forms an expedition into the shores and scientific areas of interest across late 19th Century England as well as into the past, journeying through the millennia that the subject of geology covers. Generously illustrated throughout in vignettes, figures, and full-page illustrations by the author and other artists, this charming guide takes us to England's shores to investigate "some freaks in the world of shells," to Margate and the Isle of Thanet to comprehend changes in its geography, to Brighton Aquarium to witness its wonders, to the Bovey Tracey Coal-Formation to take in its granite ramparts, to London when it lived beneath the sea, and much more. A near fine and incredibly well-preserved first printing.
7 1/2" X 5 1/8". 157pp, plus 3 pages of ads. Bound in full blue-green cloth over bevelled boards, with gilt-stamped vignette illustration of a hatted lady under a tree with basked in hand to upper board and floral decorations in gilt to spine, both lettered in kind. A touch of rubbing to extremities and foxing to edges of text block, else fine. Binding is firm, sound, and square. But for the very occasional spot of foxing, pages are clean and unmarked. Generously illustrated throughout in vignettes, figures, and full-page illustrations. Near fine. Item #8806