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Traité de mineralogie. Seconde édition, revue, corrigée, et considérablement augmentée par l'auteur.
- Paris, Bachelier, 1822-1823. 4 text volumes & atlas. Royal-8vo & Oblong-4to (atlas). pp. xlviii, 594; 613; 592; 604, (6); (2), 54, with 120 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spines with richly gilt ornaments and lettering (a few hinges a bit weak). A fine copy of the second edition. The atlas has been enlarged by 14 plates. The first edition was published in 1801. Abbé René Just Haüy (1743-1821) is the founder of mathematical crystallography and raised mineralogy to the rank of a science. 'This is the man who truly founded and developed the science of crystallography and as Adams says, was a simple, modest, a lover of learning, whose attention was directed to the study of mineralogy almost by chance. In handling a group of calcite crystals at the home of a friend, Haüy accidentally dropped them. When he reexamined the broken prism he noticed a new form, bounded by faces as smooth and shining as the original. A new light broke upon the subject' (Hoover 391).Hoover 391 (1 edition); Wilson, Mineral Books p. 58. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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