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A Poskin et al

Published by Société Belge de Géologie, Bruxelles (1888)

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About this Item: Société Belge de Géologie, Bruxelles, 1888. hardcover. Condition: Good. First edition. Ex-Library Bookplate W Whitaker FRS. Seller Inventory # AB6642

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CHINA & VIETNAM-- YUNNAN -- PALAEONTOLOGY & GEOLOGY]. DEPRAT, J.[acques] & MANSUY, H.[enri].

Published by Imprimerie d'Extreme-Orient,, Hanoi-Haiphong, [Vietnam]: (1912)

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About this Item: Imprimerie d'Extreme-Orient,, Hanoi-Haiphong, [Vietnam]:, 1912. Four vols. Folio. xiii, [1], 370 pp., 20 plates (some maps, photos), each with facing explanatory leaf, numerous tables (several large folding); Atlas unpaginated w/ 178 diagrams, maps, geological sections, relief maps, 2 very large folding colour maps, some geological formation plates in colour; [4], 146, [2] pp., plus 25 plates each with facing explanatory leaf, numerous text illustrations, diagrams; [8], 76, [4] pp., plus 9 plates each with facing explanatory leaf, numerous text illustrations, diagrams. Uniformly bound in original printed wrappers (some scuffing, soiling, edgewear, occasional light foxing), still a VG- uncut & unopened presentation set inscribed and presented by Honore Lantenois & Henri Mansuy to Prof. Marcellin Boule (1861-1942), French geologist, palaeontologist, and physical anthropologist, who reconstructed the first complete Neanderthal skeleton in France. First edition, presentation set, of this massive first installment in the Geological Survey of Southeast Asia begun in 1908 documenting the biostratigraphy of the Yunnan Region, which was awarded the Tchihatchef Prize of the French Academy of Sciences. Much of this survey work was done during the building of the Hanoi to Yunnan-fou (Kunming) railroad which was built by the French to exploit the tremendous mineral wealth of Yunnan. The Director of the Department of Natural Resources for France in Vietnam was Honore Lantenois (1863-1940), who worked for years with Henri Mansuy (1857-1937), and sent him back to France several times to study palaeontology at the School of Natural Resources (Ecole des Mines). Lantenois recruited Jacques Deprat (1880-1935) in 1908 -- at the time a brilliant palaeontologist -- to conduct an ambitious program mapping the geology of Indochina and neighboring areas. All three men became involved in the notorious Deprat Affair which resulted in Mansuy accusing Deprat to Lantenois in 1917 that Deprat had used a few European-sources trilobites among his fossil specimens from Indochina and Yunnan. This accusation rested on the distinction that the suspect trilobites were not just similar in nature to others found in Europe, but the matrix they were embedded may have originated from Europe. Although nearly 90 years later it would be determined that the trilobite fauna discovered by Deprat indicated that the Yunnan had occupied a location adjacent to Bohemia originally in the early Palaeozoic period; the French scientific community condemned Deprat at the time, stripped him of his degrees and posts, and forced him to leave the field. A complete set including the Atlas is quite scarce. See: Genovese, Madeleine Colani and the Deprat Scandal at the Geological Survey of Indochina, Journal of the Siam Society, Vol. 99, pp. 269-290 (2011); Osborne, The Deprat Affair: Ambition, revenge and deceit in French Indo-China (1999); Stokes, Deprat's trilobites and the position of the Indochina Terrane in the Early Palaeozoic, Proceedings of the International Symposia on Geoscience Resources and Environments of Asian Terranes (2008), pp. 201-207. Seller Inventory # 46593

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