Kurr, Johann Gottlob von; Das Mineralreich in Bildern. Naturhistorisch= technische Beschreibung und Abbildung der wichtigsten Mineralien von Dr. J.G. v. Kurr, Ritter des Orbens der k. württ. Krone, k. Oberstudienrath, Professor a.b.k. polytech. Schule in Stuttgart, mehr. gelehrten Gesellschaften Mitglied. Zweite Auflage. Eßlingen. Verlag von J.F. Schreiber. 1874. Small folio, pp. vi, 64, 24 plates of which 23 are colored, text illustrations.
The work is complete and in the original illustrated binding with red cloth spine. Wear to boards, inner hinges repaired, half title toned due to poor quality of end sheet, light age toning to text and plates. In good condition.
Kurr (1798-1870) was a German mineralogist and physician. He was a professor of mineralogy at the Polytechnic School in Stuttgart and is best known for his beautifully illustrated works in mineralogy. Offered here is the second edition issue (B?) of 'Mineralreich in Bildern’ which was published as part three of Naturgeschichte des Thier-, Pflanzen- und Mineralreichs. The volume is divided into two sections. The first is the introduction which covers the forms of minerals and crystals, hardness, specific gravity, properties dependent on light and color, electricity, magnetism, and heat, chemical relations and a table of chemical elements. The remainder of the text is devoted to special or descriptive mineralogy. Here the various species and mineral groups are described. These include precious stones, hornblende or augite minerals, felspathic minerals, zeolithic minerals, micaceous minerals, calcareous minerals, compounds of baryta, compounds of strontia, salts of potash, salts of soda, salts of magnesia, salts of ammonia, combustible minerals, and metallic minerals or ores.