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    [Pietro Fabris]. William Hamilton. Collection of Plates from Campi Phlegraei. [Naples: 1776-1779]. Nineteen original hand-colored etched plates from Hamilton's landmark geological work. Folio (plate indentation roughly 15.5 x 8.5 inches; sheets 18 x 12.75 inches). Disbound prints. Light marginal wear, some minor creasing and faint spotting, one corner (plate 44) torn away; a couple edges trimmed unevenly; minor variations in gray coloring of borders. Plates still bright. Near fine. ESTC T71231. Brunet III, 31. Thackray, "The Modern Pliny," in Jenkins and Sloan, Vases and Volcanoes, p. 70 ("This was without question, one of the most lavish books of the eighteenth century, and stands in stark contrast to most books dealing with aspects of the Earth where illustrations are few and lacking in confidence").

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    Volume I Plate:
    I: Sailing ships in the Lipari Islands

    Volume II Plates:
    II: Study of top of Mount Vesuvius between July 8-29, 1767
    VI: Mount Vesuvius eruption viewed at night from Naples
    X: Mount Vesuvius erupting as drawn 1756
    XVI: Entrance to the Grotta of Pausilipo
    XXXXII: Specimens of tufas from the quarry near the Grotta of Pausilipo
    XXXXIII: Specimen of volcanic matter
    XXXXIV: Specimens of lava with sulphur from inside Vesuvius
    XXXXV: Specimens of lava with imbedded shells
    XXXXVI: Specimens of volcanic matter from the crater of Vesuvius
    XXXXVII: Two marble specimens with imbedded shells
    XXXXIX: Polished lava study with 12 samples
    L: Polished marble and stone study with 12 samples
    LI: Volcanic rock specimens
    LII: Specimens with imbedded shells
    LIII: Shell and rock specimens
    LIV: Stone or crystal specimens, called Gems of Mount Vesuvius

    Supplement Plates:
    IV: Rock specimens
    V: Rock specimens

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