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Rare Mineralogy Book: Michel-Lévy, Auguste; Tableaux Des Minéraux Des Roches Résumé De Leurs Propriétés Optiques, Cristallographiques Et Chimiques. 1889

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Rare Mineralogy Book: Michel-Lévy, Auguste; Tableaux Des Minéraux Des Roches Résumé De Leurs Propriétés Optiques, Cristallographiques Et Chimiques. 1889

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Michel-Lévy, Auguste & Lacroix, Alfred; Tableaux Des Minéraux Des Roches Résumé De Leurs Propriétés Optiques, Cristallographiques Et Chimiques Par A. Michel Lévy Et A. Lacroix. Paris Librairie Polytechnique Baudry et Cie, Éditeurs 15, Rue Des Saints-Pères, 15 Maison A Liége, 7, Rue Des Dominicains, 1889. Large quarto, (323 x 245 mm). Unpaginated with 1 title page, 6 pages text, table and index, 1 half title, 32 pages of tables, total of 40 pages.

The work is complete with the title page and tables loose in the original tan paper covered boards with a cloth spine and black titles. The covers are soiled with an old call number mark on the lower inner margin. Owner’s book plate on inner cover, small original book-dealer plate on upper inner corner. Small embossed library stamp on title page, title page is toned with light wear to page edges, tables are clean with minor edge wear. A rare work in good condition.

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Michel-Lévy (1844-1911) was a French petrologist and mineralogist and is considered one of the pioneers of microscopic petrology. In 1862 he matriculated at the Polytechnic School, then entered the School of Mines, from which he graduated at the head of his class in 1867. From 1870 he made his career with the government Geological. Michel-Lévy pioneered the use of birefringence to identify minerals in thin section with a petrographic microscope. He is widely known for the Michel-Lévy interference colour chart, which defines the interference colors from different orders of birefringence. He also created classification schemes for igneous rocks which accounted their mineralogy, texture, and composition, and showed that igneous rocks of different compositions could be formed from the same chemical composition, with different conditions of crystallization. Levy collaborated with Alfred Lacroix in “Les Minéraux des Roches” (1888) and “Tableau des Minéraux des Roches (1889). The “Tableau des Minéraux des Roches” is a useful supplement to the authors' “Minéraux des Roches” which was an excellent early textbook on microscopical mineralogy and petrology. The material provided in that work is published in his “Tableaux” in a convenient tabular form and forms a stand alone reference work as well as a reference to the 1888 work. The work is quite rare in the original edition.

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