Buée, Adrien-Quentin, Abbé; Parallel of Romé de l'Isle's and the Abbé Haüy's Theories of Crystallography. London, Philosophical Magazine (R. Taylor and Co., printers), 1804. Octavo, pp. 23. 1.
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Buée (1748-1826) was a French priest belonging to a large group of émigrés, mainly aristocrats and clergymen who fled from France into England from 1792 onwards as a result of the French Revolution. He established himself in Bath, where he supported himself by publishing leaflets and articles in mathematics and the sciences. ?His short study on crystallography was translated by Robert Clifford and privately printed. The work had been published in the Philosophical Magazine (nos. 74-75, 1804) under the title "A letter from Abbé Buée to Mr. ****, on Mr. Romé de l'Isle and the Abbé Haüy's theories of crystallography." Originally written in French, Buée had authored the letter in order to contrast the differences between the crystallographic systems of Romé de l'Isle and Haüy, which at the time were both considered similar in nature. It is an important critique of Romé de l'Isle's system, which Buée characterizes as primarily descriptive, as opposed to Haüy's mathematically based system. Buée shows that Romé's selection of primitive forms was arbitrary, where as Haüy's was based upon direct observations of the crystals. The paper is introduced by a letter from R. Clifford who translated it from Buée's original French. This printing is very rare.