Geology Applied to Selenology

Lancaster, Concord Science Press Printing Co.& Rumford Press 1944-1948 8vo. (25.4 x 17.3 cm) Complete 4 volume set with original plain brown paper covers for vol 2-4.. All in fine condition. Collation: Vol. 1- viii, 112pp. + 4 photogravure plates and 23 figures; Vol.2, Part I- x,112pp. + 4 photogravure plates and 23 figures, Part II-xiii, [1], 318pp. + 17 plates, 6 of which are keys to photogravure plate; Vol. 3, Part III- [xiii],[1],253pp.+ 1 photogravure plate and 46 figures; Vol. 4, Part IV- ix, [1], 207pp. + Frontis diagram and 35 figures. The contents: Vol. 1 The Imbrian Plane region of the Moon; Vol.2 Part I- The Imbrian Plain Region of the Moon & Part II- The Features of the Moon; Vol. 3 Part III- Lunar Catastrophic History; Vol. 4 Part IV- The Shrunken Moon. The entire set is very clean and birght. A rare complete copy. Very Good + Hardcover (Item ID: 0000500)


"Spurr, Josiah Edward (1 Oct. 1870-12 Jan. 1950), geologist, was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the son of Alfred Sears Spurr, the owner of a fishing schooner, and Oratia Snow. Spurr entered Harvard on a scholarship in 1888, dropped out for a year, but, encouraged by Nathaniel Shaler, professor of paleontology and geology, returned to complete work for his B.A. in geology and graduated in 1893. He received the M.A. in absentia in 1894. Also generally rejected by his fellow geologists were Spurr's ideas about the formation of the moon, which he thought had been marked by extensive volcanic action. In four privately published volumes of Geology Applied to Selenology (1944-1949), Spurr developed his theories not through astronomical research, but based on his study of a large photograph of the moon acquired from Mount Wilson Observatory and by comparing moon features with the earth's geology, with which he was so familiar. Although not generally accepted at the time, some of Spurr's ideas on ore deposition and selenology were later validated. Although he taught undergraduate geology at Rollins College from 1930 to 1932, Spurr spent most of the last twenty years of his life in retirement, wintering in Winter Park, Florida, and spending the summers in East Alstead, New Hampshire. He died in Winter Park. Mount Spurr, in southwestern Alaska, and a mineral, spurrite, were named for him. As a writer, editor, and government adviser, Spurr brought his own high standards of ethical conduct to bear on the mining business, where corruption and exploitation often occurred. Although many geologists of his day dismissed his theories on ore formation, the reports based on his accurate firsthand observations in the field have continued to be of service to later investigators. His recognition of the importance of economic geology helped to raise the level of research conducted by mining geologists, who usually worked for private companies rather than in universities where research was more commonly expected. "(American National Biography).

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