Rare Mineralogy Book: Brard, Cypien Prosper; Nouveaux Éléments De Minéralogie, Ou Manuel Du Minéralogiste Voyageur..1824

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Brard, Cypien Prosper; Nouveaux Éléments De Minéralogie, Ou Manuel Du Minéralogiste Voyageur;  Contenant: Des Notions Élémentaires; - La Description De Toutes Les Espèces Minérales Connues, Avec Leurs Principaux Usages; L'Art De Former Des Collections De Minéraux; - Dix Itinéraires Minéralogiques En France; - Et L'Explication |Des Termes Techniques. Par C.P. Brard, Seconde Édition. Revue Et Considérablement Augmentée. A Paris, Chez Méquignon-Marvis, Libraire-Éditeur, Rue Christine, N° 1, Et rue du Jardinet, n° 13, à dater du 1er juillet. Avril 1824. Octavo (208 x 125 mm), pp. xi, 686, 1 folded plate.

The work is complete and in a contemporary calf and marbled boards with gilt titles. Edges of boards and spine edges nicely restored. The binding is tight and clean, text with light foxing, owner’s name penned across title page and book plate on paste down. Over all in very good condition.


Brard; ( 1788-1838 ) was a French mineralogist, and economic geologist. ?He studied mineralogy under Bronignart, and while still a student published his Manuel du Minéralogiste et du Géologue Voyageur (Paris, 1805). He made an extensive tour by foot of the Alpes in Switzerland and Central Europe studying the geology and mineralogy, and in 1808 he became an aide to Faujas. Brard was appointed director of the copper mines of Servoz in 1813 where he was the first to use anthracite coal as a fuel. In 1816, he entered into a franchise that created a glassware factory in Lardin.?He is noted for his contributions to mineralogy and also to the understanding of the stratigraphy of the Paris Basin. ?Brard's above classic treatise provides discussions of elementary mineralogy, descriptions of known mineral species, pseudomorphs, gems and precious stones, the uses of minerals in industry and lapidary, descriptions of prominent collections, and the practice of mineralogy in France. The work ends with a chapter on technical terminology. The work was intended to serve as guide to traveling geologists and mineralogists.