History of Cave Science
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History of Cave Science

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History of Cave Science by Trevor R. Shaw
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History of Cave Science

History of Cave Science by Trevor R. Shaw is subtitled 'The exploration and study of limestone caves, to 1900', producing an arbitrary cutoff. This 2nd edition (the first to be widely available, the first being a short-run cyclostyle set of pages printed by hand in 1979) was and remains the first place anyone interested in speleohistory will consult. The depth of research is impressive - and the result is readable for its quotes as well as analysis and arguments to importance. Chapters are by topic within three parts: exploration, hydrology and speleogenesis. Thus, we can read about exploration in Europe, America, China and other parts of the world - this is not a UK-centric work. The approach elsewhere is similar and it is fascinating to learn of what was once believed to be true and how theories morphed over the centuries. This is an outstanding and utterly important publication, the forerunner of many more research projects published by Shaw. The final part of the book is filled with extensive references, which formed a complete volume in the original 1979 first edition.

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Binding:
Softback, card cover
Dustjacket:
None issued when published
Size:
190mm x 266mm approx
Pages:
xi+338
Illustrations:
Multiple, b&w plus fold-out pages
Publication date:
1992 copyright 2nd edn; Sydney SS pub 2007
ISBN:
0-646-12503-6
Detailed condition:
Very good, almost as new other than slight wear to some cover edges and two blemishes (seen to the right in the cover illust) damaging the front cover
Condition:
Very good
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One copy available. Price includes UK postage. Please contact us direct for other destinations
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Author:
Trevor R. Shaw

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