Geological Class Work Book

London Imperial College… Geology Department 1931 4to. Contemporary notebook with red pebble cloth spine and black linen boards. Wear and rubbing to ends of spine and hinges; very sound. All edges of text block stained red. There are 42 pages of drawings of minerals, topographical geological maps and cross sectional strata. Most pages with drawings have facing printed text with information on each item or map along with instructions for coloring. For the section on crystallography the student works from printed geometric shapes of minerals, filling in details of color, axial ratios and mineral name specified in the mimeograph instructions. In later sections where printed instructiosn are provided, the student had to make pen and ink with color washes of various rock-forming minerals as seen through a microscope. These drawings were made within printed circles stiff paper facing instructions. Similar instructions are provided for the maps and strata diagrams. There are a few original sketch drawings of strata near the end of the work book that were required following visits to different geological areas of Enland. Very Good Red pebble cloth notebook (Item ID: 0000491)


This is most likely a class work book used in the geology curriculum leading to the Associate of Royal College of Science degree, which provided the student with extensive instruction in the analysis of crystal structure for different minerals and geological formations. The Imperial College was located in South Kensington in one section of the Royal School of Mines buildings. There was a new head, Percy Boswell, of the Royal College in 1931 when this course was offered following the retirement of William Watts in 1930

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