Rare Science Book: Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich. ; A Manual of the Elements of Natural History. 1825

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Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich; A Manual of the Elements of Natural History. By I.F. Blumenbach,... Translated from the tenth German edition, By R.T. Gore, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, in London, &c. London: printed for W. Simpkin & R. Marshall, Stationers'-Hall Court. 1825. Octavo (215 x 130 mm), pp. 12, 415, 1, xiv, 2 plates.

The work is complete and in a contemporary half calf with marbled boards and gilt spine titles. The binding is pristine and the text is exceptionally clean. In near fine condition.


A German physician, biologist and naturalist; Blumenbach (1752-1840), studied medicine at Jena and Göttingen receiving his M. D. in 1775. He was appointed professor of medicine and anatomy at the University of Göttingen in 1778, where he had a 50 year career.
Considered one of the founders of modern anthropology, Blumenbach was the first to divide the human species into five races, i.e., Caucasian, Mongolian, Malay, American and African or Ethiopian. Blumenbach was a member of about seventy learned societies. He was made a knight of the Guelphic order in 1821.?Blumenbach’s work in geology and paleontology led him to the conclusion that there had been groups of plants and animals, now extinct, which could not be classified in the system of recent forms of life, and he even attempted to draw up a geological-paleontological time scale.?His “Elements of Natural History was first published in German in 1779, became a very popular work and was translated to English by Gore in 1825.?An ambitious and comprehensive work on natural history, Blumenbach covered all aspects including the kingdom of minerals.