The Eruption of Vesuvius in 1872

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THAT, in these days of rapid intercourse, the re-appearance of volcanic phenomena on the large scale in any part of the earth's surface should awaken a far more than mere local interest, was well illustrated in the case of the late great outbreak of Mount Vesuvius, during the continuance of which the telegraphic bulletins received from the fiery mountain became the subject of general inquiry and discussion in all parts of the civilised world; and even now that the eruption has entirely subsided, the publication of a translation by Mr. Mallet, of the report of the well-known Italian savant, Professor Palmieri, entitled “Incendio Vesuviano del 26 Aprile, 1872,” will be welcomed as a valuable contribution to English scientific literature quite independently of its being a book likely to secure numerous readers amongst the non-scientiSc public also.

The Eruption of Vesuvius in 1872.

By Prof. Palmieri, Director of the Vesuvian Observatory. With Notes and an Introductory Sketch, &c. By Robert Mallet, F.R.S, (London: Asher and Co., 1873.)

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FORBES, D. The Eruption of Vesuvius in 1872 . Nature 7, 259–261 (1873) doi:10.1038/007259a0

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