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Amédée  Burat
(1809-1883)

Amédée Burat was born in Paris in 1809 and earned his degree in geology at the School of Mines in Paris, where he was able to study their superb and historic mineral collection. He took the position of Professor of Mineralogy, Geology and Mining at the École Normandie in 1838, and later joined the faculty of the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris. He wrote a number of textbooks designed for classroom use, including Etudes sur les Mines (1845/46), Theorie des Gites Metalliferes (1845), De la Hoille (1851), Géologie Appliquée: Traité du Gisement et de l'Exploitation des Minéraux Utiles (1855), Materiel des Houilleres (1861), Houilleres de la France en 1866 (1867), Cours d'Exploitation des Mines (1871), and Minéralogie Appliquée (1864). After a teaching career spanning 43 years he retired as Professor Emeritus in 1881, and died two years later.

Shown here are illustrations from Minéralogie Appliquée (reproduced from a copy in the Mineralogical Record Library). The book contains dozens of fine steel-plate engravings of actual mineral specimens—prepared by the well-known artist and engraver Hubert Clerget (1797-1867) (or 1818-1899) from examples in unspecified collections particulaires ("private collections"). Schuh (2005) has described these as being among "the finest black and white depictions of mineral specimens ever produced by non-photographic means."

W.E.W.

Reference:
Schuh, C. (2005) Mineralogy & Crystallography: An Annotated Biobibliography of Books Published 1469 through 1919. Privately published, Tucson, 1203 pages.

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Number of artworks found: 47 | Artworks being viewed: 25 to 32

The Mineralogical Record: Amédée  Burat - Stilbite from the Faeroe Islands Stilbite from the Faeroe Islands
Steel engraving (1864) by Hubert Clerget (specimen size and owner unknown), published as Figure 163 in Burat's Minéralogie Appliquée.
The Mineralogical Record: Amédée  Burat - Heulandite from the Faeroe Islands Heulandite from the Faeroe Islands
Steel engraving (1864) by Hubert Clerget (specimen size and owner unknown), published as Figure 164 in Burat's Minéralogie Appliquée.
The Mineralogical Record: Amédée  Burat - Amphibole Amphibole
Steel engraving (1864) by Hubert Clerget (specimen size and owner unknown), published as Figure 175 in Burat's Minéralogie Appliquée.
The Mineralogical Record: Amédée  Burat - Native Silver Native Silver
Steel engraving (1864)(specimen size and owner unknown), published as Figure 183 in Burat's Minéralogie Appliquée. This is the only specimen illustration in the book to be signed ("Pegard"), and appears not to be by Clerget; it may well be a fantasy specimen designed to show all of the crystal habits in one specimen.
The Mineralogical Record: Amédée  Burat - Proustite-Pyrargyrite from the Samson Mine, St. Andreasberg, Saxony Proustite-Pyrargyrite from the Samson Mine, St. Andreasberg, Saxony
Steel engraving (1864) by Hubert Clerget (specimen size and owner unknown), published as Figure 184 in Burat's Minéralogie Appliquée.
The Mineralogical Record: Amédée  Burat - Galena with Siderite from the Harz Mountains (Neudorf?), Saxony Galena with Siderite from the Harz Mountains (Neudorf?), Saxony
Steel engraving (1864) by Hubert Clerget (specimen size and owner unknown), published as Figure 186 in Burat's Minéralogie Appliquée.
The Mineralogical Record: Amédée  Burat - Galena from Dillenburg, Hesse, Germany Galena from Dillenburg, Hesse, Germany
Steel engraving (1864) by Hubert Clerget (specimen size and owner unknown), published as Figure 185 in Burat's Minéralogie Appliquée.
The Mineralogical Record: Amédée  Burat - Bournonite from (the Endellion Mine?), Cornwall Bournonite from (the Endellion Mine?), Cornwall
Steel engraving (1864) by Hubert Clerget (specimen size and owner unknown), published as Figure 187 in Burat's Minéralogie Appliquée.
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