Key 17th to 19th century geological literature

Oxford University libraries have a wealth of 17th to 19th century geological literature that is central to the development of the subject area, in particular as it applies to the ‘English School’ of Geology. Some of this literature also relates to specimens held in the Geological Collections of the University Museum of Natural History, records and images of which are available on-line. The digitization of these key books and maps and their availability on the web through the Oxford Digital Library provides a very rich, immediate resource of rare items for scholars and researchers in the history of science, geology, palaeontology, petrology, and mineralogy. Many of these items are beautifully illustrated, depicting for example fossils, rock sequences and landscapes, and they will also therefore have a much wider appeal to anyone from VIth form level to the layman with an interest in the earth sciences or natural history.