Observations on Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and other Volcanos: in a series of letters, addressed to the Royal Society… a new edition.

  • Hamilton, Sir William
  • London: Printed for T. Cadell 1774
  • ESTC T70122.


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8vo, pp. iv, 179, [1] + 5 plates and 1 folding map. Contemporary calf, flat spine gilt in compartments between gilt rules, red morocco label, marbled endpapers. A few minor spots, short handling tear to map. Neatly rebacked preserving original spine, label renewed, a little restoration to corners, old leather slightly marked and rubbed. Armorial bookplate of William Cooley to front pastedown, a modern bookplate on loosely-inserted slip, inscription to initial blank recording gift from William Lort Mansel (1753-1820, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge).


The third edition (first 1772, second 1773) of this important collection of observations by Sir William Hamilton (1731-1803), envoy-extraordinary to the Spanish court at Naples, where he was able to indulge a passion for volcanoes. His observations were based on eruptions of Vesuvius and ascents of Etna, leading ultimately to a much larger and more heavily illustrated work, 'Campi phlegraei', in 1776.

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