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J. Logan Lobley’s ‘Mount Vesuvius’ (1889) 1 April 2008

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A nineteenth-century volcanological work available for free and in full via the Internet Archive‘s American Libraries project: J. Logan Lobley, Mount Vesuvius. A Descriptive, Historical, and Geological Account of the Volcano and its Surroundings (London: Roper & Rowley, 1889).

Mount Vesuvius, the world-famed volcano of Southern Italy, has been for many centuries an object of great interest to the inhabitants of Europe. In ancient times, the conspicuous position of the mountain in one of the fairest and most frequented portions of the Roman dominions – the resort of the most wealthy, most famous, and most noble of the citizens of Rome – and the terrible character and dreadful results of the eruption of the year 79, combined to render Vesuvius an object of especial interest and wonder.

List of chapter headings: I: The Neapolitan volcanic region. II: The surroundings of Vesuvius. III: The mountain. IV: History to 1850. V: History: 1851-1868. VI: History: 1869-1888. VII: Geology of Vesuvius. VIII: Volcanic action. IX: Volcanic products. X: The minerals of Vesuvius. XI: The flora of Vesuvius.

The author was Professor of Physiography and Astronomy at the City of London College, and author of Geology for All (1888) among many other things.

Read Mount Vesuvius, in a choice of formats, here.

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