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Papers of Robert Jameson

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division


Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Robert Jameson Gen. 1999/5



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Name of creator

Jameson | Robert | 1774-1854 | geologist and professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

File contains approximately 220 unbound pages of scholarly notes and article extracts in geology, often mineralogy, but also sedimentology, hence articles on the taxonomy of fossilized plants in their four periods of vegetation. Other papers include the plan of a course of lectures on mining, studies in meteorology, with specialized notes in climatic trends, icebergs, and glaciers. There are several lavish book plates in the file, of maps, geological scenery, and heavy scientific machinery. Curiosities include a writeup of M. Auguste Delarive of Geneva and how he makes electricity with a zinc condenser, 1828, and jottings about Caspar Hauser, feral boy of Nuremberg, and a similar case in 1825 in France. These date the collection fairly precisely; a chance date on the reverse of another scrap of notepaper is 1837.

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