EMMONS, Ebenezer M.D. (1799-1863). Agriculture of New York: Compromising An Account of the Classification, Composition, and Distribution of the Soils and Rocks. Albany: C. Van Benthuysen, 1851.
4to (11.5 x 9.5 inches) Contemporary half green morocco. Spine in six compoartments, 5 raised bands, gilt titles in second and third compartment. (Bands chipped, corners worns missing material, age-toning throughout, fixative markings on select plates). 100 hand-colored lithographic plates of pears, apples, cherries, nectarines, etc.
Ebenezer Emmons (16 May 1799 - 1 Oct 1863) is a 19th century pioneer of American geology, who work included naming the Adirondack Mountains in New York and ascending Mounty Marcy. The chief work of his life was, however, in geology, and he has been designated by Jules Marcou as the founder of American Paleozoic stratigraphy, and the first discoverer of the primordial fauna in any country. In 1836 he became attached to the Geological Survey of the State of New York, and after lengthened study he grouped the local strata (1842) into the Taconic and overlying New York systems. The latter system was subdivided into several groups that were by no means well defined. Emmons had previously described the Potsdam sandstone (1838), and this was placed at the base of the New York system. Emmons made tremendous contribution to agriculture and geology, demonstrated in this handsome volume of the Natural History of New York series. For more information, please contact Natalie Zadrozna at Arader Galleries New York.