Auction 137, Lot 344

Includes Mather’s Important Geological Map of Long & Staten Islands

"Natural History of New York. Geology of New York. Part I", Mather, W. W.

Subject: New York

Period: 1843 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9.5 x 12 inches
24.1 x 30.5 cm

This large and informative book is the report of the survey for the First Geological District and contains 46 beautiful lithographic plates at the back of the report with 653 pp. of text and an appendix describing the plates. The volume is complete with all plates and the large folding geological map is present. Quarto, hardbound in original brown cloth with gilt title and fossil graphic on front cover.

Bound into the book is Mather's large folding Geological Map of Long & Staten Islands... ( 50 x 22.5") that was based on the surveys of J. Calvin Smith. This colorful geological map shows 8 different geologic formations and covers Long Island, Staten Island and the greater environs of the New York City area. At lower-right is an inset of New York Island or Manhattan. Editions of this book with the map still attached are incredibly scarce.


Condition: B+

Loose binding, but the pages are still intact. Contents have some light toning and minor scattered foxing. Map is good, with some toning at lower right and some scattered foxing.

Estimate: $750 - $950

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/14/2011