Oxford, Hugh Edwin Strickland 1850-53.
4to (245 x 188 mm.). Contemporary foliation: [v blank], [1= stub with folding lecture calendar], 406 (nos. 64, 209, 261, 269, 282, 294, 337, 362, 383, 403 blank), [6 blank] leaves and thirteen printed octavo leaves and one manuscript slip sewn in. Multiple paper stocks, with heterogeneous materials included in foliation. Text and corrections and additions in a single large cursive hand in brown ink (some notes in pencil), varying number of lines per page. The volume contains tables and drawings (one colored) in text. Seventy-two manuscript slips, four folding printed plates, two folding manuscript plates, a large folding manuscript lecture calendar (458 x 576 mm.), sixteen printed text leaves, an autograph paper by John Brown (eight leaves) and three autograph letters by Brown and Henry Jenkins to William Buckland (seven leaves) are bound in and tipped in.
Contemporary brown cloth (front hinge partly cracked), gilt spine title, untrimmed.
Distinguished naturalist, collector and a founder of the Ray Society, Strickland had published widely in zoology and geology before lecturing in geology and paleontology at Oxford. This substantial quarto preserves his preparatory notes and the draft lectures — apparently intended to be delivered verbatim from memory — for five terms, between Michaelmas 1850 and Lent 1853. The presentations proceed from earth’s most ancient history to the Pleistocene epoch, following the chronological succession of geological strata and devoting considerable attention to animal and vegetable fossil remains and the classification of prehistoric fauna.
Scrupulous about his teaching, STRICKLAND REVISED THESE DRAFTS AT LEAST THREE TIMES and laid them out in the utmost detail. His notes incorporate frequent references to local rock and fossil formations. The drafts are complemented by tables, drawings and lists of printed sources, geological specimens and *samples to dissect in class*, *e.g*., dinosaur bones. His classes included periodic field excursions that proved popular with students from outside the earth sciences.
Among the heterogeneous materials bound in or tipped in are an 1844 printed article mentioning Strickland’s COLLABORATION WITH FOSSIL HUNTER MARY ANNING, three letters from Buckland’s correspondence and the original draft of an unpublished paper delivered by geologist John Brown in 1843. Inserted at the beginning, a lecture calendar for Lent trimester 1853 advertises Strickland’s last geology course at Oxford. He died in September of that year while examining geological strata along the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. In good condition (long tear in folding lecture calendar); from the collection of the eminent coral reef geographer David Stoddart (1937-2014).
¶Poggendorff, Biographisch-literarisches Handwörterbuch…der exacten Wissenschaften II: 1027; Jardine, Memoirs of Hugh Edwin Strickland ccxlvii-ccli; see Bridson & Jackson’s Naturalists’ Libraries 209 (ornithology and African travel collections now at Cambridge).
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