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Textbook for mineralogy students,with 16 engraved plates

BRONGNIART, Alexandre.
Traité élémentaire de minéralogie, avec des applications aux arts; ouvrage destiné a l'einseignement dans les lycées nationaux.
Paris, Crapelet; Deterville, 1807. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 16 folding engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spines.
€ 350
First edition of a work on mineralogy by the French geologist and mineralogist Alexandre Brongniart (1770-1847), intended as a textbook for the mineralogical courses given by Brongniart and René Just Haüy at the Faculté des Sciences and the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle. "For this purpose, the author created a simple classification system based primarily on physical properties, but also influenced by Haüy's crystallographic theories. Brongniart insisted that studying how minerals occurred as well as their properties would lead to a better understanding of their origin" (Schuh). The engraved plates depict crystals and mining instruments and mechanisms.
With an armorial bookplate on past-down of both volumes. Bindings rubbed. Internally in very good condition.
Schuh 869; Sinkankas 953; Ward 331.
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