Science in South Africa: A Handbook and Review
(Cape Town: T. Maskew Miller, 1905). . Alex L. du Toit's copy; signed by him on front free endpaper. Royal 8vo; original green cloth, titled in gilt on spine and upper cover; pp. x + 505, incl. index; folding colour frontis. map, and a further 5 maps; 2 coloured plates with captioned tissue guards; two diagrammatic plates, and several other diagrams, tables, and illustrations. Good; cloth rather rubbed, esp. to fore-corners and joints; spine frayed at head and tail; browning throughout; binding slack; coloured plates have worked loose, but are present. (Mendelssohn II, p. 291) Geologist Alexander Logie du Toit (1878-1948), previous owner of this volume, is regarded, alongside Sir Basil Schonland, as one of the greatest scientists South Africa produced. In the 1930s, du Toit further developed the continental drift theory of the German Alfred Wegener, and was the originator of the idea of two supercontinents, Laurasia and Gondwanaland. Professor Reginald Aldworth Daly of Harvard University, after joining du Toit in fieldwork, described him as "the world's greatest field geologist." (DSAB I, p. 266) Alex du Toit's most famous works are Geology of South Africa (Edinburgh, 1926) and Our Wandering Continents (Edinburgh, 1937), in which he provided abundant evidence for the continental drift hypothesis. (DSAB I, p. 267).
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