Marsigli, Luigi Ferdinando.
Histoire physique de la mer.

Amsterdam, Aux Dépens de la Compagnie, 1725. - (36,5 x 24,5 cm). (8) XI, 173 S. Mit gestochenem Frontispiz, gestochener Titelvignette, 2 doppelblattgroßen Kupferstichkarten, 3 doppelblattgroßen gestochenen Küstenprofilen, 41 Kupfertafeln und 8 (5 doppelblattgroßen) gestochenen Tabellen. Dekorativer moderner Halblederband im Stil der Zeit mit aufgezogenem alten Rücken.

Erste Ausgabe. - "The first book devoted entirely to marine science, and the first oceanographic study of a single region. Marsigli conducted an intensive investigation of the Gulf of Lyon in the south of France, taking soundings to obtain a profile of the sea floor, analyzing the relationship of the lands under and above water, studying the water's physical properties (temperature, density, color) and its motions (waves, currents, tides), and describing the marine life of the region. Marsigli was the first to give an account of formation of the continental shelf and slope, and the first to class corals as living beings rather than as inorganic mineral formations. His belief that the land and the sea bed formed a continuous structure was confirmed when he discovered rock strata dipping below sea level at the coast. Marsigli's work prefigured the systematic oceanographic exploration that would begin fifty years later with Captain James Cook's voyage in the 'Endeavor'" (Norman). - Titel leicht gebräunt und mit kleiner restaurierter Stelle. Insgesamt sauberes und wohlerhaltenes Exemplar in dekorativem Einband. - DSB 9, 134; Norman 1445; Nissen ZBI 2699; Ward & Carozzi 1504

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