Very Good / Very Good. Item #9793
New Delhi and Washington, D.C.: Amerind Publishing Co. with the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation, 1981. First Edition. Octavo (24.5x17x7.5cm); xii + 1109pp, including three appendices. One gatefold table of soil terminology, in French. Volume entries are largely in original French; definitions are in English; the third appendix defines terminology in French, Latin, Greek, English, and German.
Glossy terracotta dustjacket. Volume in black cloth with gilt spine stamping. Jacket spine is evenly sun-bleached to a lighter brown, but without brittling. There is a horizontal cut, nearly closed, on the jacket spine just above the authors' names. Joints and hinges sound; volume was used but is unmarred and unmarked, apart from previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown and at top of textblock.
This remarkable volume—linguistically, etymologically, and geologically fascinating—is the result of a league of nations among bookmakers. Plaisance and Cailleux were leading French experts in geology and forestry who first published the core of this massive reference in France in 1958. This English translation was published in New Delhi for the U.S. Government—specifically the Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation. It is copyrighted by the Agence Tunisienne de Public-Relations, in Tunis, Tunisia.
Every single one of these parties and agencies is sitting on soil that is named, uniquely, in its most idiosyncratic particularity, within this omniscient reference.