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Titel: British Mineralogy: or coloured figures ...
Verlag: London, Taylor & Co., [1802-] 1804-1817
5 vols, 8vo (245 x 150 mm), with 551 hand-coloured engraved plates; some very occasional spotting or offsetting, some gatherings with faint marginal discolouration, generally a very good set, uncut in contemporary green straight-grain half morocco and marbled boards. £22,000First edition of 'the supreme work of British topographical mineralogy, [and] the most ambitious colourplate work on minerals ever published' (Conklin).Sowerby's British Mineralogy is the first comprehensive illustrated reference work on mineralogy. The plates were drawn after actual mineral specimens, and coloured by Sowerby himself, members of his family, and assistants.This copy has the volume indices, often missing, the systematic index and general index, eight pages of cancel text to replace that of two plates in vol IV, and further material not normally found in sets.Collation: I. xii 223 , with plates 1-100; II. [ii] 1*-19*, 199 , with plates 101-200; III. [ii] 209 , with plates 201-300; IV. [ii] 176 [2, notice about index] 177-184, with plates 301-400; V. [vi] 281 ; [24. systematic index and general index; 2, advertisement for Mawe's Mineralogy and Conchology; 8, corrected text for two plates in vol IV]Provenance: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with old stamp on titles and a few other leavesWard and Carozzi 2090. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3620
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