Websky, Christian Friedrich Martin; Anwendung der Linearprojection zum Berechnen der Krystalle. (Gustav Rose’s, Elemente der Kristallographie. Dritter Band). Berlin, Ernst Siegfied Mittler & Sonn, 1887. Octavo, (223 x 140 mm), pp. xviii, 378, 12 plates.
The work is complete and in a contemporary calf over marbled boards with gilt titles. The binding is tight and clean with smudge mark from old call number on upper inner edge of cover. The text and plates are clean with small embossed stamp on title and owner’s book plate on paste down. In very good condition.
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A German mineralogist, Websky (1824-1886) received an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Breslau, 1864. Appointed chief mining advisor in Breslau, 1861, Websky became a Privatedocent in mineralogy in 1865. He then advanced to professor extraordinaire of mineralogy at Breslau in 1868 and after the death of Gustav Rose, became chair of the Department of Mineralogy and professor at the University of Berlin in 1873.
Websky focused his research mainly on crystallography and the physical and chemical properties of minerals. He made significant improvements to the reflected light goniometer.?His “Anwendung der Linearprojection zum Berechnen der Krystalle.” is not listed in bibliographies of mineralogy. The work is an update of Rose’s “Elemente der Krystallographie” which first appeared in 1833 and presents the latest advances of the science of crystallography.