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Des pierres précieuses et des pierres fines, avec les moyens de les connoître & de les évaluer.
Londres, Paul Elsmly [sic!], 1777. 8vo (20.7 x 12.5 cm). xv, 124, [iv] pp. 19th century full polished calf. Spine with five raised, gilt-bordered bands and red morocco label with gilt title. Gilt dentelles.= A rare treatise on precious stones and how to recognize them. The title page suggests that it has been printed in London, however, the name of the publisher, Elmsley, is printed incorrectly, which makes this a bit doubtful. However, "Louis Dutens (15 January 1730 - 23 May 1812) was a French writer born in Tours, of Protestant parents, who lived most of his life in Britain or in British service on the continent. He went to London, where his uncle was a jeweller" (Wikipedia). Apparently very rare; not seen by Sinkankas. Sinkankas records a Paris edition, dated 1776 as well "said to be only about 3 x 5 inches", but also notes "Not seen. Apparently very rare". The present copy measures 21 x 12.5 cm, or slightly over 8 x 5 inch. Edges of the first and last few leaves browned, otherwise clean, unmarked. A very good copy. Sinkankas, p. 291.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
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