Paris: I'Imprimerie de Bossange, 1812. Nine fine copper engraved plates from a French mining journal, with the first one illustrating the famous Icelandic geyser known today as "Strokkur". From Vol. 31, 'Journal Des Mines, ou Recueil De Memoires Sur L'Exploitation Des Mines..'.
The nine folding plates are:
1. "Jets d'Eau Bouillante du Geyser et du Strok, en Islande". This plate consists of 6 figures, with 2 depicting the erupting geyser. Strok, one of the most famous Icelandic geysers, is located in southwest Iceland, to the east of Reykjavik. Vol 31, Pl I.
2. "Structure des Cristaux", an engraving showing 15 figures of crystals.
3. "Plan et Coup figuratifs, ....les mines de Liege". 2 diagrams showing the causes of 1812 French mine accident caused by the flooding of 3 coal pits which led to the heroic rescue of 74 trapped miners.
4. "Sonde de l'inspection generale des carrieres" . Engraving with 17 figures showing tools for excavating quarries.
5. "Chaudieres des Salines de Westphalie". Salt water steam boilers of Westphalia (Germany).
6. "Chaux Fluatee du Vesuve". 5 figures showing crystals discharged from the erupton of Vesuvius.
7. "Machines pour l'Extraction de la Tourbe". 6 figures of instruments for digging peat.
8. "Gyrogonites, Chara, (et fruits de). 5 figures showing the fossil cast of the female reproductive structure of charophytes (also known as stoneworts, a freshwater plant).
9. "Carte du point de partage du Canal de Bourgogne". Map showing the location and splitting of the Burgundy Canal, which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Fine. Item #23403