First Report on the Geology of the State of Maine. Charles T. Jackson.
First Report on the Geology of the State of Maine.
First Report on the Geology of the State of Maine.
First Report on the Geology of the State of Maine.
First Report on the Geology of the State of Maine.
First Report on the Geology of the State of Maine.

First Report on the Geology of the State of Maine.

Augusta, Maine: Smith & Robinson, printers to the State, 1837. 8vo (9” x 5.5”), printed blue wrappers. viii, 127, [1] pp. Title-page inscribed, “John Merrick Esq. with the respects of H. W. Brian[?].”.

First edition of the first of Jackson’s three reports on the geology of Maine. This copy originally belonged to noted Maine educator John Merrick (1766-1862). Born in Plymouth, Mass., Charles T. Jackson (1805–1880) was a physician and pioneering geologist and mineralogist who played an important role in the emergent state geological survey movement of his day. While studying at Harvard Medical School he undertook a geological exploration of Nova Scotia, deepening his interest in geology. By 1836, he had abandoned medicine and was appointed state geologist of Maine. Jackson’s three reports on the geology of the state were published in 1837, 1838, and 1839. Subsequently, he served as state geologist of Rhode Island and New Hampshire. In 1847, he was appointed U.S. Geologist for the Lake Superior land district; however, his leadership of the survey was a disaster and he was dismissed from the position. Over the course of his career, Jackson was involved in a number of controversial priority claims surrounding the discovery of guncotton, the telegraph, the digestive action of the stomach, and the anesthetic effects of ether. In 1873, he was admitted to an insane asylum where he lived out the rest of his life. Jackson was a brother-in-law of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Born in London, John Merrick was trained in the ministry but ultimately became an educator. In the 1790s, he settled in Hallowell, Maine with his wife Rebecca Vaughan, serving as tutor for the children of Dr. Benjamin Vaughan (one of Hallowell's earliest settlers). Merrick was active in civic affairs, especially education and local government. He served as a trustee of the local Hallowell academy; was an overseer of Bowdoin College; and was a founding member of the Maine Historical Society.

REFERENCES: Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L., eds. “Jackson, Charles Thomas.” American Medical Biographies (Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Co., 1920); Charles Thomas Jackson at britannica.com

CONDITION: Good, wrappers with minor stains and small losses, foxing to inside of wrappers as well as first and last few leaves.

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Price: $250.00

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