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Coral and Coral Islands by James D Dana

Coral and Coral Islands by James D Dana

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Corals and Coral Islands
by James D. Dana, L.L.D.

New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
Third edition, 1890.

Signed and dated by previous owner: F. (Frederick) Leslie Ransome, February 15, 1896

Condition: Fully illustrated in black and white with 13 plates (a few of which are full color). Includes two fold-out maps. Hardcover, approx. 7''9.5'' inches. 440 pages. Black cover boards with red decoration and gilt titles remain clear and bright. Some scuffing on cover, corners bumped, tearing on front lower half spine, a couple small tears at top spine end. Upper page edges are gilt. Front free endpage has previous owner's name and date - the American geologist F. Leslie Ransome, February 15, 1896 (at which point he would have been 27 or 28 years old). On the whole, binding is nice and secure, but title page is coming loose at both ends, opens flat after title page - see photos. Back hinge barely visible, and a couple small pencil notes on back free endpage. Otherwise clean and unmarked! No foxing or other discoloration.

According to the preface, there is much discussion of Darwin's theories on coral reefs, and opposing theories.

wiki: James D. (Dwight) Dana (1813 – 1895) was an American geologist, mineralogist, volcanologist, and zoologist. He made pioneering studies of mountain-building, volcanic activity, and the origin and structure of continents and oceans around the world.

Frederick Leslie Ransome, Ph.D. (1868–1935) was an American geologist, born in Greenwich, England. He was educated at the University of California (S.B., 1893; Ph.D., 1896). He was employed by the United States Geological Survey. His many official reports and bulletins dealt mainly with phases of economic geology. He helped found the journal Economic Geology in 1905, and was associate editor of the Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. Ransome was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and served as NAS Treasurer in 1919.
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