This book is volume 1 of 2 books written by French geologist Faujas-de-St.-Fond (1741-1819). In 1784 he traveled throughout England, Scotland, and the Hebrides. While the original publication is written in French, de-St.-Fond did speak and understand English. A valuable skill during his travels, as he did not need the aid of a translator, which led to easy conversations with locals. Early naturalists considered these conversations vital to their research, as the local people were considered part of the environment. Locals lived in a sort of symbiosis with their environment, with their culture affecting the environment and their environment affecting their culture. These volumes contain important information on the application of sciences to English industries, as well as the geology of the British Isles. The most notable of the descriptions on the British Isles is that of the geology of the Western Isles of Scotland, which include a plate of Fingal's Cave at the Isle of Staffa.
During his time in London de-St-Fond visited many notable scientists and academics including Joseph Banks (1743-1820), Tiberius Cavallo (1749-1809), John Lettsom (1744-1815), John Sheldon (1752-1808), and John Herschel (1792-1871). He also visited the Royal Society, Greenwich Observatory, Kew Gardens, the British Museum, and other places of historic or academic value. In Newcastle, he spent time learning and writing about the coal industry. In Manchester, he explored the collections of Thomas Henry (1734-1816) and in Birmingham, he met with James Watt (1736-1819) and Joseph Priestly (1733-1804). He was impressed with Priestly's laboratory and gives a long description of it. He also visited Josiah Wedgewood (1730-1795) and toured his pottery and glassworks facilities in Parker. Additionally, he spent time in Prestonpans visiting the alkali and sulphuric acid works and the Carron ironworks.
This volume's notable plates have been digitized, illustrating different places de-St.-Fond visited and notable specimens or artifacts he saw. Selected pages and plates contain additional information relating to that page. Both volumes of the first English translation, published in 1797, may also be found in the Digital Collections.
The Othmer Library also has microforms of another translation from 1907, printed in Glasgow, Scotland, which has not been digitized but is available for viewing in person by request at the Othmer Library.
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Faujas-de-St.-Fond, cit. (Barthélemy). Voyage En Angleterre, En Ecosse Et Aux Iles Hebrides: Ayant Pour Objet Les Sciences, Les Arts, L'Histoire Naturelle Et Les Moeurs Avec La Description Mineralogique, Vol. 1. Paris, France: H. J. Jansen, 1797. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/58266u6.
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Voyage en Angleterre, en Ecosse et Aux Iles Hebrides: Ayant Pour Objet les Sciences, les Arts, L'histoire Naturelle et les Moeurs Avec la Description Mineralogique, Vol. 1
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