Wellington: Samuel Costall/ Government Printing Office, 1893. First edition. Softcover. Octavo. 32pp. Beige stapled wrappers with black lettering on the front cover. This is a presentation copy of the publication, signed and inscribed by the author on the front cover. The work is scientific study on the mineral content of geothermal locations in New Zealand, with a specific emphasis on the sanatorium at Rotorua and the health effects of its mineral waters. The first section is a survey including tables documenting the mineral content at various hot springs and mud baths, followed by an in depth analysis of the Rotorua Sanatorium. Wrappers chipping and loose at the spine. Light creasing to the front and back covers, with some light chipping to the back cover. Interior with some light vertical creases to a few pages. Wrappers in good-, interior in very good condition overall. Scarce. g- to vg. Item #43045
*Sir James Hector KCMG FRS FRSE (1834 – 1907) was a Scottish geologist, naturalist, and surgeon. He famously took part in The British North American Exploring Expedition, commonly called the Palliser expedition, which explored Western Canada. He later became a prominent government scientist in New Zealand and founded the Geological Survey of New Zealand.