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Kenngott, 1888

Caesius, Mineralogia, 1636

Mineralogy and Crystallography Books

From the invention of movable type printing by Gutenberg around 1450, till the beginning of the x-ray diffraction era in 1912, thousands of books covering the areas of mineralogy and crystallography have been published. The purpose of the book collection of the Virtual Museum is to give an overview of important, influential as well as attractive and desirable works that were issued in that period.
We do not show ideal copies, but real books that are described as they are.

The book collection in the Virtual Museum is arranged by the name of the author in alphabetical order followed by the year of publication (with "nd" for: no date) and the title.

In the individual descriptions of each book, the title page is represented in quasi-facsimile fashion as accurately as possible. Line endings are indicated by a vertical stroke. The same convention holds for the half-title.

The collation includes the number of volumes (explicitly given when there is more than a single volume), the format (folio, quarto, octavo,..), the collational formula, the pagination and the number of plates or folding tables.
The collational formula provides a detailed system of reference for the parts of the book and is particularly important (but sometimes appears highly complex) in the description of early books; this aspect is dealt with in standard manuals of bibliography.
For pagination, we give a shorthand description of the numbering that occurs on the pages. Unnumbered pages are counted and that number is placed in square brackets. When a blank page is present before or after a group of numbered or unnumbered pages (but not inside the group), it is explicitly indicated. Mispagination is indicated only for early books.
If no pagination is present throughout the book, the same shorthand description is applied to the leaves.

The other features of the entries complete the description of our copy.

(only bibliographies giving detailed descriptions are mentioned here)

  • Cole, William A. (1988) Chemical Literature 1700-1860. A Bibliography with Annotations, Detailed Descriptions, Comparisons and Locations. Mansell, London
  • Hoover, H.C. (1980) The Herbert Clark Hoover Collection of Mining & Metallurgy. Claremont, California
  • Schuh, Curtis (2007) Mineralogy & Crystallography: An annotated Biobibliography of books published 1469 through 1919. Tucson, Arizona
  • Sinkankas, J. (1993) Gemology An Annotated Bibliography. The Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, N.J. & London
  • Ward, D.C. & Carozzi, A.V. (1984) Geology Emerging. A Catalog Illustrating the History of Geology (1500-1850) from a Collection in the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign