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J.G.Heubner, Wien 1828 - Small 8vo.pp.viii. 125 pages with 1 engraved plate and 1 folding table. First and only edition of one of the rarest works on precious stones. All the essential facts about gemstones are stated in the book as well as twelve letters to two German princesses and anecdotes highlighting the experience of jewellers. Deals with the properties and identification methods of diamonds and other gemstones, birthstones, cutting styles, qualities of cut gems and so on. The folding table, 25.5cms x 19.5 cms lists properties of gemstones from diamonds to peridots. The book shows varying degrees of foxing and age-toning but overall both the covers and the text block are in very good condition for age. Very scarce to find a copy of this bijou of a book edging towards its 200th anniversary in this condition. Real collectors item, competitively priced. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Shaftesbury Books]
Last Found On: 2017-10-12           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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