Bauer, Max Hermann ; Precious Stones : a Popular Account of their Characters, Occurrence and Applications ...1904

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Bauer, Max Hermann Precious Stones : a Popular Account of their Characters, Occurrence and Applications with an Introduction to their Determination, for Mineralogists, Lapidaries, Jewellers, etc. With an appendix on Pearls and Coral….Translated from the German with Additions by L. J. Spencer….With Twenty Plates and Ninety Four Figures in the Text. London: C. Griffin, 1904. 1st English ed. Quarto, pp.  xv. 627,  with 20 plates, (many colored and with diagramatic tissue overlays; 94 figure drawings, tables and charts, maps and photographs within the text. 
The work is complete and in the original maroon cloth with crushed maroon leather spine and corners, leather outlined in gilt ruled borders, and spine panels, ornate gilt panels and titles, marbled end sheets. The binding is tight and clean, minor archival restoration to upper spine margin, minor foxing to title page, text and plates are all clean and free of stamps or staining. This copy does not have any damage to plates from overlay adhesion. A very good copy of the first English translation of Edelsteinkunde.

Bauer (1844-1917) was a German mineralogist. He was educated at the University of Tübingen, with post graduate work in mineralogy at Univerisity of Berlin. Bauer earned a professorship of mineralogy and geology at Königsberg, Germany in 1875, before being named professor of mineralogy and petrology at the University of Marburg in 1884. He edited Beitrage zur Mineralogie and Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Geologie und Paläontologie from 1880 to 1891. He was asked to write a comprehensive work on gemstones similar to Kunz’s Gems and Precious Stones of North America. This led to the publication of Edelsteinkunde and the later English translation “Precious Stones. This work is one of the greatest gemological works ever published with respects to the treatment of world gem localities and the scientific study of gemology. The text first treats gemstone properties, occurrences, application of gemstones to ornament and technology. The work then provides descriptions with data on properties, occurrences, uses, value and trade. Next a more in depth treatment of gemstone identification is provided. The English translation incorporates new information (localities, recently discovered diamond deposits, and new gem data.