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José Torrubia
TORRUBIA, José.

TORRUBIA, José.
(1698 - 1761)

(Born: 1698; Died: Rome, Italy, 1761) Spanish Jesuit & naturalist.

Biographical references: ABE: I 960, 320-323; II 896, 105-107. WBI.

Aparato, 1754

1. Spanish, 1754 [First edition].
[Maltese Cross] | Aparato | Para La Historie Natural | Española. | Tomo Primero. | Contiene | Muchas Dissertaciones Physicas, | especialmente sobre del Diluvio. | Reduelve El Gran Problema De La | Transmigracion de Cuerpos Marinos, y su Petrificacion en los | mas altos Montes de España, donde recientemente | se han descubierto. | Illustrato Con Un Indica De Laminas, que explican | la Naturealeza de estos Fosiles, y de otras muchas Piedras figuradas | halladas en los Dominios Españoles. | Autor | El Rmo. P.Fr. Joseph Torrubia, | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | Con Licencia. | [double rule] | In Madrid, En la Imprenta de los Herederos de Don Augustin | De Gordejuela Y Sierra, Calle del Carmen | Año de M. DCC. LIV.

2°: 204, [34] p., 10 plates (numbered I-XIV).

Very scarce. All published. This is the first work devoted to Spanish fossils and minerals. The author had travelled in America and the Philippines, and had collected fossils and minerals from various lands. The text provides a complete list of all the localities where specimens had been found, and provides illustrations of many on the fourteen large plates. The author includes references to contemporary and older geological literature throughout the text.

Facsimile reprint, 1994: Aparato para la historia natural española. Madrid : Instituto de Geología Económica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1994.

Reprint of the 1754 edition and part of the 1773 German translation. Published in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Sociedad Española de Paleontología, in conjunction with the X Jornadas de Paleontología, Madrid, 3-5 de noviembre de 1994. No more published. [USGS, 609 qT64 1994.]

Bibliographical references: BL [459.a.27.]. Calvo Rebollar, Bibliografía Mineralogía Españolas, 1999: pp. 80-3. LKG: XIV 818. Maffei & Rua Figuera, Bibliografía Mineral, 1871-2: 2, no. 2564.

2. Spanish, 1765 [2nd edition].
Aparato para la Historie Natural Espannola. Tomo Primero. ... Madrid, 1765.

8°: Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: BL [no copy listed].

3. German, 1773 [German transl.].
Des Vaters | Josephs Torrubia | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | Vorbereitung | zur | Naturgeschichte | von | Spanien. | Mit vierzehn Kupfertafeln versehen | welche viele Foßilien vorstellen, | die | in den spanischen Ländern verschiedener Welttheile | gefundne werden. | [ornate rule] | Aus dem Spanischen übersetzt, | und mit Anmerkungen begleitet, nebst Zusätzen, und Nachrichten, | die neueste portugiesischen Litteratur betreffend; | von | Christoph Gottlieb von Murr. | [ornate rule] | Halle, | bey J.J. Gebauers Wittwe und Johann Jacob Gebauer, 1773.

4°: a-c4 d2 A-S4 T2 (a3 missigned a5; d2 blank); 88l.; [1]-24, [4], [1]-147, [1] p., 14 folding plates (numbered I-XIV). Page size: 232 x 190 mm.

Contents: [1-2], Title page, verso 5 lines of quotation, signed L. Ann. Seneca.; [3]-[4], Dedication, signed C.G. von Murr.; [5]-24, "Vorbericht | des Uebersetzers."-signed C.G. von Murr.; [2 pgs], "Inhalt des Werkes."; [2 pgs], Blanks.; [1]-144, Text.; [145]-147, "Register."; [1 pg], Errata.

Scarce. The only translation of Torrubia's Aparato para la Historia Natural Espanola (Madrid, 1754), the first work devoted to Spanish minerals and fossils in the Spanish language. As a Fransiscan priest, Torrubia had travelled in Spanish America and the Phillipines. The minerals, stones and fossils he collected there are partly shown on the plates, which show a wide variety of minerals, crystals, fossil shells, dendritic slabs, etc.. The book also contains a list of all localities in the world where mineals and fossils had been discovered.

Bibliographical references: BL [788.c.38.]. BMC: 4, 2126. LKG: XIV 819a. Nissen (ZBI): no. 1419. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 2188. Zittel, History of Geology, 1901: p. 108.

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