The mineral kingdom ... with coloured illustrations of the most important minerals, rocks, and petrifacations. Johann Gottlieb Von Kurr, Dr.
The mineral kingdom ... with coloured illustrations of the most important minerals, rocks, and petrifacations
The mineral kingdom ... with coloured illustrations of the most important minerals, rocks, and petrifacations
The mineral kingdom ... with coloured illustrations of the most important minerals, rocks, and petrifacations
The mineral kingdom ... with coloured illustrations of the most important minerals, rocks, and petrifacations

The mineral kingdom ... with coloured illustrations of the most important minerals, rocks, and petrifacations

Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 88 Princes Street, 1859. Folio, pp. [8], 70; text in double column; 24 composite plates, each with captioned tissue guards, all but 1 hand-colored and finished with gum arabic; original green cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover, neatly rebacked in brown morocco, gilt-decorated spine in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered direct in 2; front hinge strengthened, pages 33-36 - the K gathering - is misbound after the L gathering, the covers a little spotted, else near fine throughout. First edition in English of Kurr's 1858 Das Mineralreich in Bildern, containing brilliantly colored illustrations of various minerals. Kurr (1798-1870) was first a professor of botany, then mineralogy at the Polytechnic School in Stuttgart. "This finely illustrated volume is divided into two sections. The first is the introduction (pp. 1-11) which covers the forms of minerals and crystals, hardness, specific gravity, properties dependent on light and color, electricity, magnetism, and heat, chemical relations and a table of chemical elements. The remainder of the text (pp. 12-70) is devoted to special or descriptive mineralogy. Here the various species and mineral groups are described. These include precious stones, hornblende or augite minerals, felspathic minerals, zeolithic minerals, micaceous minerals, calcareous minerals, compounds of baryta, compounds of strontia, salts of potash, salts of soda, salts of magnesia, salts of ammonia, combustible minerals, and metallic minerals or ores. The plates first prepared for the original German edition are reproduced here in new engravings and are used to illustrate the descriptive mineralogy" (Schuh, The Mineralogical Record online at mineralogicalrecord.com). Item #58513

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