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MARTIN (William)

Petrificata Derbiensia; or, Figures and Descriptions Collected in Derbyshire. Wigan: Printed by D. Lyon, 1809


First edition, volume one [all published], 4to (240 x 185), [2], ix, [1 blank], [50 leaves, including sub-title leaf), 28, ii, iipp., with half-title, contains 54 hand-coloured engraved plates accompanied by letterpress description, a couple of references add in a neat hand, hole to blank margin of plate 31, expertly bound in a period binding of half calf over marbled boards, spine tooled in gilt, morocco title label, a handsome copy.


Provenance: Neat book label of the Geological Survey Office, Northern England.


Nissen ZBI 2715; Upcott I, 143.


William Martin (1767 – 1810) was an English naturalist and paleontologist who proposed that science should use fossils as evidence to support the study of natural history. This, his second publication, is Dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, it describes the Carboniferous limestone and other fossils of Derbyshire, and is illustrated with his own engravings. Owing to his illness, the intended second volume, on fossils (especially plants) from coal strata, never appeared.