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Essai de Cristallographie ou description des figures géométriques, propres à differens Corps du Regne Minéral, connus vulgairement sous le nom de Cristaux.
Paris, Didot, Knapen & Delaguette, 1772. Royal-8vo (210 x 150mm). pp. xxxii, 427, (3), with 2 large folding tables and 10 engraved plates. Contemporary marbled wrappers, worn First edition. A mediocre copy of this great classic by one of the founders of modern crystallography. "In 1772 he published his first important technical work, a one volume essay on crystallography in which he identified 110 crystal forms. This was a major expansion upon the work of Linnaeus... The 'Essai' made Romé de l'Isle a prominent name among Parisian scientists of his day". (Wilson, The History of Mineral Collecting p. 52). Pages xvii-xxviii contain an annotated bibliography by the author of the principal works on crystals.//The lower margin of about 15 leaves and the marbled front wrapper eaten by mice, not affecting the text.//Hoover 2681; Ward & Carozzi 1906.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat JUNK B.V. (Natural History]
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