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Sven Rinman
RINMAN, Sven.

RINMAN, Sven.
(1720 - 1792)

(Born: Uppsala, Sweden, 12 June 1720; Died: Eskilstuna, Sweden, 20 December 1792) Swedish mining expert.

Biographical references: DSB: 11, 463-4. Forsstrand, C., Sven Rinman, Minnesteckning. Stockholm, 1920. Poggendorff: 2, cols. 646-7 & 1438. Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon: 30, 212.

1. Swedish, 1766.
Aminnelse-Tal ofver framledne Bermastarten och Kongl. Vetenskaps Academ. ledamot, valborne Herr Axel Fred. Cronstedt: på Kongl. Academiens vagnar, hallet i stora Riddarhus-salen den 6. Martii, 1766 af Sven Rinman. Stockholm, Tryckt hos L. Salvius, 1766.

8°: 40 p.

Very scarce. Rinman's memorial to the life of Axel Fredrich Cronstedt, the best contemporary biography.

Bibliographical references: BL.

2. Swedish, 1782.
Försök till Järnets Historia med Tillämpning för Slögder och Handtwerk författadt af Swen Rinman ... Stockholm, Tryckt hos Petter Hesselberg, 1782.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 4°: [10], 14-45, 48-62, 471 p. [Vol 2] 4°: [2], 473-1083, [1] p., 2 engraved plates. Engraved t.p.s. Half-title: Jarnets historia. Page numbers 46-47 (first count) omitted. Errata: p. [1084.]. Includes index. Two engraved leaves of plates tipped onto outer edges of p. 136 and 909.

Very scarce. An extensive treatise on the chemistry, mineralogy and metallurgy of iron, cast iron and steel. Written at the end of the eighteenth century, iron was only then becoming the foundation on which modern manufacturing industry would be built. Rinman is credited with showing that iron rusts with exposure to water followed by exposure to air, which he thought showed the metal contained an acid. He further thought that cast iron was changed into steel by the loss of phlogiston.

Bibliographical references: BL. LKG: XVI 249. Partington, History of Chemistry, 1961-70: 3, 178.

3. German, 1784 [German transl.].
Herrn Swen Rinmann ... Versuch einer Geschichte des Eisens oder chemisch- mineralogisch- metallurgische Abhandlung vom Eisen, dessen naturl. Zustande, Behandlungen mit prakt. Anwendung für Gewerbe ung Handwerke. Aus dem Schwedischen übersetzt von Johann Georg Georgi ... Berlin, Bey Haude und Spener, 1785.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: xvi, 512 p. [Vol 2] 8°: [6], 456, [34] p., 2 folding plates.

Very scarce. Translation by Johann Georg Georgi of Försök till Järnets Historia (Stockholm, 1782).

Another translation, 1815: Geschichte des Eisens mit Anwendung für Künstler und Handwerker. Aus dem Schwedischen übersetzt und mit Anmerkungen und Zusätzen versehen von C.J.B. Karsten. Liegnitz, Joh. Friedr. Kuhlmey 1815. 2 vols. xvi, 679 p.; [2], 811, [2] p.

Bibliographical references: BL [990.f.20.]. LKG: XVI 250.

4. Swedish, 1788-9.
Bergwerks Lexicon, författadt af Sven Rinman, ... Första Delen. Stockholm, Tryckt hos Johan A. Carlbohm, 1788-9.

2 vols. [Vol 1: 1788] 4°: [12], [1]-568, [2], 569-1096 p., engraved title page (A-K). [Vol 2: 1789] 4°: [2], [1]-480, [2], 481-1248, [26] p., engraved title page (L-Ö).. [Atlas] 2°: 34 plates, no title page.

Very scarce. This is a lengthy and comprehensive dictionary of Swedish terms related to minining, metallurgy, mineralogy, assaying, etc., illustrated by 34 plates. It is also reported that the book is known to be bound in 4 and 5 volume sets.

Bibliographical references: BL. LKG: VIII 10. SWIM: 19, nos. 176 & 185.

5. German, 1808 [German transl.].
Swen Rinmann's ... allgemeines Bergwerkslexicon. Nach dem schwedischen Original bearbeitet und nach den neuesten Entdeckungen vermehrt, von einer Gesellschaft deutscher Gelehrten und Mineralogen. Leipzig, F.C.W. Vogel, 1808.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: ?? p. (A-Berg). [Vol 2] 8°: ?? p. (Bericht-F).

Very scarce. An incomplete translation into German of Bergwerks Lexicon (Stockholm, 1788-9). Apparently only the first two volumes (through the letter F) appeared.

Bibliographical references: BL. LKG: VIII 11a.

6. Swedish, 1829.
Handbok uti den Grofre Jern- och Stal- Förädlingen. 1-2 Andra upplagan. Falun, C.R. Roselli, 1829.

[Part 1] 8°: [2], Engraved title page, 38, 436 p. [Part 2] 8°: viii, 240 p., one folding table.

Very scarce. A handbook on iron and steel manufacture.

Bibliographical references: BL.

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