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Rare Mineralogy Book: Kobell, Wolfgang Xaver Franz von; Tafeln zur Bestimmung der Mineralien mittelst einfacher chemischer Versuch auf Trockenem und nassem Wege. 1833

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Rare Mineralogy Book: Kobell, Wolfgang Xaver Franz von; Tafeln zur Bestimmung der Mineralien mittelst einfacher chemischer Versuch auf Trockenem und nassem Wege. 1833

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Kobell, Wolfgang Xaver Franz von;  Tafeln zur Bestimmung der Mineralien mittelst einfacher chemischer Versuch auf Trockenem und nassem Wege. Munchen, 1833. Quarto, (256 x 210 mm) pp. vi, 38.

Bound in a modern archival folder. Binding is tight and clean, text is moderately foxed, book plate of defunct AIME library preserved on new paste down. In good condition. Rare.

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A German mineralogist, crystallographer, chemist and poet; Kobell (1803-1882) studied chemistry and mineralogy at the University of Landshut. In 1826 he was appointed professor of mineralogy at the University of Munich. There he pioneered new methods of mineral analysis, and in 1855 invented the stauroscope for studying the optical properties of crystals. Kobell wrote extensively on crystallography and mineralogy. He described 19 new mineral species and re-described many others. Today Kobell is best remembered in Europe as one of the outstanding German writers of the 19th century.?First published in 1833, Kobell’s  “Tafeln zur Bestimmung der Mineralien” was a very popular work that provides a series of tables showing the characteristics for frequently encountered mineral species. The work can also be utilized in determining an unknown mineral. Included are physical properties, such as color, streak, fracture, etc. and chemical makeup, such as behavior when subjected to the blowpipe, reactions to acids, etc. Many students in the universities of Germany and abroad faithfully used these tables in their mineral species determination. As an indicator of the text's usefulness, it went through 17 German editions and was translated into French, Swedish, English, Spanish and Russian.

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