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F[rederich?] Schmidt
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F[riedrich] A[ugust?] Schmidt was a physician with a medical practice in Messingen, Germany. Nothing more seems to be known about him, except that he was the author of a color-plate book on minerals, titled simply Mineralienbuch, containing 44 hand-colored lithographic plates. It was published in Stuttgart by Hoffmannische Verlags-Buchhandlung. Schmidt does not mention the names of the artist and lithographer responsible for the plates, but he does thank the mineralogist Friedrich Quenstedt (1809-1889) in Tübingen and the mineral dealer Krantz and Company in Berlin for their assistance.

Each plate shows several specimens, probably not natural-size. Many of the specimens appear to have been hand-cobbed into the standard 3 × 4-inch "pillows" that universities often ordered from their suppliers, especially for rock samples—designed to fit standardized cardboard specimen trays. The book appeared in two editions, 1850 and 1855, with identical plates, although the 1850 edition contains many plates in which one or two specimens are meticulously hand-painted over only half their surface, the other half left unpainted, apparently on purpose. Although many of the objects illustrated are, in fact, rock samples rather than mineral specimens, Schmidt's Mineralienbuch is nevertheless one of the finer colored mineralogies of its day.

W.E.W.

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Number of artworks found: 24 | Artworks being viewed: 9 to 16

The Mineralogical Record: F[rederich?] Schmidt - Harmotome Harmotome
Hand-colored lithograph (1850) by an unnamed artist in Stuttgart, depicting a specimen from an unnamed locality and collection, probably not natural-size. Published as Plate 12, Figure of Schmidt's Mineralienbuch (1850 and 1855), reproduced here from copies in the Mineralogical Record Linrary.
The Mineralogical Record: F[rederich?] Schmidt - Prehnite Prehnite
Hand-colored lithograph (1850) by an unnamed artist in Stuttgart, depicting a specimen from an unnamed locality and collection, probably not natural-size. Published as Plate 12, Figure 2 of Schmidt's Mineralienbuch (1850 and 1855), reproduced here from copies in the Mineralogical Record Linrary.
The Mineralogical Record: F[rederich?] Schmidt - Pericline Pericline
Hand-colored lithograph (1850) by an unnamed artist in Stuttgart, depicting a specimen from an unnamed locality and collection, probably not natural-size. Published as Plate 14, Figure 5 of Schmidt's Mineralienbuch (1850 and 1855), reproduced here from copies in the Mineralogical Record Linrary.
The Mineralogical Record: F[rederich?] Schmidt - Diopside Diopside
Hand-colored lithograph (1850) by an unnamed artist in Stuttgart, depicting a specimen from an unnamed locality and collection, probably not natural-size. Published as Plate 14, Figure 6 of Schmidt's Mineralienbuch (1850 and 1855), reproduced here from copies in the Mineralogical Record Linrary.
The Mineralogical Record: F[rederich?] Schmidt - Flussspathe (Fluorite) Flussspathe (Fluorite)
Hand-colored lithograph (1850) by an unnamed artist in Stuttgart, depicting a specimen from an unnamed locality and collection, probably not natural-size. Published as Plate 23 (Figure 1) of Schmidt's Mineralienbuch (1850 and 1855), reproduced here from copies in the Mineralogical Record Linrary.
The Mineralogical Record: F[rederich?] Schmidt - Apatite Crystals on Matric Apatite Crystals on Matric
Hand-colored lithograph (1850) by an unnamed artist in Stuttgart, depicting a specimen from an unnamed locality and collection, probably not natural-size. Published as Plate 24, Figure 2 of Schmidt's Mineralienbuch (1850 and 1855), reproduced here from copies in the Mineralogical Record Linrary.
The Mineralogical Record: F[rederich?] Schmidt - Magnetite inMatrix Magnetite inMatrix
Hand-colored lithograph (1850) by an unnamed artist in Stuttgart, depicting a specimen from an unnamed locality and collection, probably not natural-size. Published as Plate 29, Figure 1 of Schmidt's Mineralienbuch (1850 and 1855), reproduced here from copies in the Mineralogical Record Linrary.
The Mineralogical Record: F[rederich?] Schmidt - Spatheisen (Siderite) Spatheisen (Siderite)
Hand-colored lithograph (1850) by an unnamed artist in Stuttgart, depicting a specimen from an unnamed locality and collection, probably not natural-size. Published as Plate 30, Figure 2 of Schmidt's Mineralienbuch (1850 and 1855), reproduced here from copies in the Mineralogical Record Linrary.
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