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Maynard Bixby
BIXBY, Maynard.

BIXBY, Maynard.
(1853 - 1935)

(Born: Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 28 June 1853; Died: San Diego, California, U.S.A., 18 February 1935) American mineral dealer & collector.

Bixby was a professional "rockhound" in the truest meaning of that description. He collected minerals from the Tintic and other Utah mining districts. These specimens, which he sold from his Salt Lake City premises at 539 Atlas Block, now reside in many of the world's finest museums. The mineral species "Bixbyite," which he first discovered, is named in his honor.

Biographical references: Bixby, M.H. and W.G. Bixby, A Genealogy of the Descendents of Joseph Bixby, 1621-1701 of Ipswich and Boxford, Massacheusetts. New York, W.G. Bixby, 1914. Mineral Collector: 4 (1898), no. 10, 159. Mitchell, R.S., "Who's who in mineral names: John George Cowles and Maybnard Bixby," Rocks & Minerals, 62 (1987), p. 120-123. MRLA: Mineralogical Record Label Archive [Long article by W.E. Wilson]. U.S. Federal Census: 1920 [Salt Lake City, Ward 1, Precinct 5].

1. English, 1902 [First edition].
A Catalogue Of | Utah | Minerals And Localities | With Descriptive List, | And Notes for Collectors | -by- | Maynard Bixby. | [ornate rule] | Salt Lake City, Utah. | 1902.

8: [1]-22 p. Printed wrappers. Page size: 202 x 116 mm.

Contents: [1-2], Title page, verso "Copyright, 1902, | by | Maynard Bixby."; [3]-22, "Mineral Localities."

Very rare. This pamplet provides a list of minerals species together with their properties, which are found within the state of Utah. It is the first independent publication dealing with the minerals of the region. One section of the text provides notes for collectors.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 59, 221 [NB 0514066].

2. English, 1902 [2nd edition].
A Catalogue Of | Utah | Minerals And Localities | With Descriptive List, | And Notes for Collectors. | -by- | Maynard Bixby. | Salt Lake City, Utah. | 1902. | [ornate rule] | by | Maynard Bixby. | (Second Ed.).

8: [1]-23, [1] p. Printed wrappers. Page size: 204 x 118 mm. Very rare.

Contents: [1-2], Title page, verso "Copyright, 1902, | by | Maynard Bixby."; [3]-23, "Mineral Localities."; [1 pg], Blank.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 6, 94. NUC [no copy listed].

3. English, 1904 [3rd edition].
A Catalogue Of | Utah | Minerals And Localities | With Descriptive List, | And Notes for Collectors. | -by- | Maynard Bixby. | Salt Lake City, Utah. | 1904. | [ornate rule] | Copyright, 1902, | by | Maynard Bixby. | (Third Ed.)

8: [1]-24 p. Printed wrappers. Page size: 202 x 116 mm. Very rare.

Contents: [1-2], Title page, verso "Copyright, 1904, | by | Maynard Bixby."; [3]-24, "Mineral Localities."

Bibliographical references: NUC [no copy listed].

4. English, 1916 [4th edition].
A Catalogue Of | Utah Minerals | And Localities | With Descriptive List | And | Notes For Collectors | [rule] | By Maynard Bixby | Salt Lake City, Utah | Copyright. 1916 by Maynard Bixby | [rule] | Fourth Edition | Enlarged and Revised.

8: [1]-32 p. Printed wraps. Page size: 195 x 115 mm.

Contents: [1], Title page.; [2], "Compliments of | R.H. Officer & Co."; [3]-13, "Localities Of Minerals."; 14-17, "Notes For Collectors Of Minerals."; 18-32, "Rare Minerals."

Very rare. Bixby's final and most complete compilation arranged along the same lines as the other editions was apparently given away as a promotional device by a Salt Lake City chemical company. This is indicated on the verso of the title page: "Compliments of R.H. Officer & Co."

Facsimile reprint, 1959: A Catalogue of Utah Minerals and Localities with Descriptive List, and Notes for Collectors ... With Index of Mineral Species added by the Utah Geological and Mineralogical Survey. Reprint No. 60, Utah Geological and Mineralogical Survey. Salt Lake City, Utah, reprinted May 1959. 8: [4], [3]-32, [3] index, [7] adverts. p.

Scarce. This reprint has brief notes on Bixby and a reprint of the 4th edition of the Catalogue together with a complete index.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 59, 221 [NB 0514067].

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