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Rare Mineralogy Book: Jameson, Robert; Manual of Mineralogy: containing an Account of Simple Minerals..1821

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Rare Mineralogy Book: Jameson, Robert; Manual of Mineralogy: containing an Account of Simple Minerals..1821

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Jameson, Robert; Manual of Mineralogy: containing an Account of Simple Minerals, and also a Description and Arrangement of Mountain Rocks.  By Robert Jameson, ...Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable & Co. Edinburgh; An Hurst, Robinson & Co. London. 1821. Octavo (215 x 135 mm), pp. 8, 2, 501, 5. (page 491 mis-numbered 501).

The work is complete and in a recent half calf and marbled boards with gilt titles. The binding is pristine, the text is very clean with only minor foxing. In very good condition.

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Jameson (1774-1854) was a Scottish geologist and mineralogist. He studied under Werner at Frieberg . He became professor of natural history at the University of Edinburgh where he formed the Wernerian Society of Edinburgh. He founded with David Brewster the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal. Jameson was a strong proponent of the Wernerian theory of geology but later switched to the Huttonian theory. Jamesonite was named in his honor by W. Haidinger in 1825. His publications also included important works on the mineralogy of Scotland and his classic works “Treatise”, “Manual” and  "System of Mineralogy". ?Jameson’s Manual contains an account of simple minerals and mountain rocks. Jameson has extracted descriptions of the most common minerals and abstracted the information from the fuller treatment he provides in his System of Mineralogy (London, 1820) to create the more concise treatment given in this work. The rocks are arranged according to their geological relations, and the descriptions and history are given in such a manner that the student will be able to determine the nature of the veins and strata observed. The introduction begins with a sketch of Mohs classification system, and the basic characters used to distinguish between species. The text then presents a descriptive mineralogy arranged in the Classes and Orderof Mohs classificatory system. The work also contains a lengthy section on the description and arrangement of mountain rocks.

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