Elements of Mineralogy. Richard KIRWAN.

“The First Systematic Treatise on Mineralogy

in English”

Elements of Mineralogy.

Six folding printed tables included in the pagination. xxxi, 510 pp.; xvi, [1], 529 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. tree calf, spines gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: P. Elmsly, 1794-96.

Second edition, “with considerable improvements and additions” of “the first systematic treatise on mineralogy in English that is based on the chemical compositions of minerals…combined with the Wernerian method of using external features & properties of minerals as a means of identification.”–Sinkankas, p. 551.

“A greatly enlarged and completely rewritten edition, expanded in all parts, and with the addition of many more analyses, property determinations, and new species, etc. First mention of the Leske collection of minerals, numbering some 7331 specimens, which Kirwan notes ‘hitherto its treasures have been unveiled only to my eyes’.”–Sinkankas 3431.

A very fine and fresh set, from the library of J.A. Freilich with his bookplate (his sale, Sotheby’s NY, 10-11 January 2001, lot 313).

❧ D.S.B., VII, pp. 387-90. Partington, III, p. 662.

Price: $3,250.00

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