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"A large and highly important treatise on gemstones", from the library of the Earl of Derby

STREETER, Edwin William.
Precious stones and gems, their history and distinguishing characteristics.
London, Chapman & Hall, 1877. 8vo. With 5 chromolithographed plates (including frontispiece), a title-page printed in red and black, 2 lithographed plates, 2 photographs mounted on plates, and 2 illustrations in text. Contemporary red morocco, gold-tooled spine with 2 title-labels, and with the arms of the Earl of Derby in gold on front board (bound by Stooker, London).
€ 750
First edition of a "large and highly important treatise on gemstones" (Sinkankas) by the London jeweller Edwin William Streeter. "Section 1 contains chapters defining gemstones, their occurrences, ancient uses, lapidary treatment, and commerce. The next three sections take up the mineral gemstones and provided for each a description which includes remarks on properties, deposits, varieties, etc. The last section is on pearls and coral" (Sinkankas). The two photographs show diamond mines in South Africa, the chromolithographs depict precious stones and intricate jewels.
First flyleaf, half-title and frontispiece detached from book block. Leaves browned and apart from the first three leaves, not damaged. Binding discoloured along the spine. Overall in good condition.
Sinkankas 6394; not in Schuh.
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