Rare Mineralogy Book: Phillips, William; An Elementary Introduction to Mineralogy.
Item Number: Book - 648
Phillips, William; An Elementary Introduction to Mineralogy. New Edition (5th) with alterations and additions by H. J. Brooke & W. H. Miller. London, 1852. Octavo, pp. xi, 700, 647 text figures. ALFRED HARKER'S COPY WITH HIS SIGNATURE.
In original stamped cloth, gold spine titles, spine edges nicely restored. Alfred Harker's copy with his signature on first leaf. Text is bright and clean. In very good condition.
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A noted British mineralogist; Phillips (1775-1828) wrote several text works on mineralogy and geology. His mineralogy texts were to go through several editions. But the above edition of Phillips "Mineralogy" is considered to be one of the best textbooks of crystallography and mineralogy ever published. So little remains of Phillip's original work that many describe the book as the "Brooke & Miller" text. Miller follows the same pattern used in his classic "Treatise on Crystallograpy" (Miller Indices)The composition and arrangement of the work is primarily Millers with Brooke updating the data on the minerals. This is a beautiful association copy, once owned by the noted mineralogist and petrologist Alfred Harker.