Rare Mineralogy Book: Gurlt, Adolph; Ubersicht Der Pyrogenneten Kunstlichen Mineralien... 1857

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Gurlt, Adolph; Ubersicht Der Pyrogenneten Kunstlichen Mineralien Namentlich Der Krystallisirten Huttenerzeugnisse von Dr. Adolph Gurlt. Frieberg, Engelhardt, 1857. Octavo, pp. xii, 100, 10, 4.

The work is complete and in the original blue title wraps with black titles and ad on rear cover. Binding is tight and clean, spine edge re-enforced, text has been lightly trimmed, very clean internally with only minor light foxing. Very good condition.


A German mineralogist and mining engineer, Gurlt (1829-1902) worked externsively in the mining regions in Austria. However, he is best remembered for wrongly identifying a small mass of iron found buried in Wolfsegg am Hausruck, Austria as a meteorite when it was in fact a piece of cast iron used as ballast in mining machinery.?Gurlt’s small text “Ubersicht Der Pyrogenneten” provides an outline for students in mineralogy and crystallography.