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Louis-Albert Necker de Saussure
NECKER DE SAUSSURE, Louis-Albert.

NECKER DE SAUSSURE, Louis-Albert.
(1786 - 1861)

(Born: Genf, Austria, 10 April 1786; Died: 1861) Austrian geologist & mineralogist.

Uncle of Louis Necker [1730-1804], Louis-Albert was appointed honorary professor of mineralogy and geology at the Academy of Genf. He held membership in the Societé de Physique et d'Histoire Naturelle. The last decade of his life he spent living in Scotland.

Biographical references: ABF: I 780, 430-434. Barr, Index to Biographical Fragments, 1973: 188. Cleevely, World Palæontological Collections, 1983: 212. DSB: 10, 8-9 [by K.L. Taylor; other refs.]. ISIS, 1913-65: 2, 216. Lambrecht & Quenstedt, Catalogus, 1938: 310. Nouvelle Biographie Générale (Hoefer): 37, cols. 592-3. Poggendorff: 2, cols. 262 & 1431 & 3, 1779-80. Proceedings of the Edinburgh Royal Society: 5 (1862-1866), 53-76 [by J.D. Forbes]. WBI.

1. French, 1835.
Le | Règne Minéral | Ramené | Aux Méthodes | De | L'Histoire Naturelle. | Par L.A. Necker, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [tapered rule] | Tome Premier. [-Deuxième.] | [tapered rule] | Paris, | F.G. Levrault, Libraire-éditeur, | rue de la Harpe, 81. | Strasbourg, Même Maison, rue des Juifs, 33. | [short rule] | 1835.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: [i]-vii, [1] blank, [1]-433, [1] blank, [4] p., 30 folding tables. [Vol 2] 8°: [i]-xiii, [1] blank, [1]-716 p. Page size: 205 x 125 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Half title page, "Le Règne Minéral," verso "Imprimerie D'Hyppolyte Tilliard, ..."; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-vii, "Préface."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-100, "Introduction."; [101], "Résumé des Principes de la Cheimie et de la Physique Minérales."; [102], Blank.; [103]-342, Text; [343], "Taxonomie ou Théorie de la Classification."; [344], Blank.; 345-433, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.; [2 pgs], "Table des Matières du Tome Premier.; [1], "Tableaux."; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], 30 tables.

[Vol 2] [i-ii], Half title page, "Le Règne Minéral," verso "Imprimerie d'Hippolyte Tilliard, ..."; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-xiii, "Table des Matières du Tome Deuxième."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1], "Classification."; [2], Blank.; [3]-702, "Classification des Cristaux ou Individus Minéraux."; [703], "Fautes A Corriger."; [704], Blank.; [705]-711, French index of names.; [712], Blank.; [713]-716, Latin index of names.

Very scarce. Volume one covers the fundamentals of mineralogy including chemical and physical properties, nomenclature and the theory of classification. Volume two is a descriptive mineralogy, which closes with French and Latin indexes to the mineral speices mentioned. A rare work.

Bibliographical references: Dana's 7th (Bibliography): 77.

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