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Joseph Maria Redemtus Zappe
ZAPPE, Joseph Maria Redemtus.

ZAPPE, Joseph Maria Redemtus.
(1751 - after 1817)

(Born: Friedland, Bohemia, 9 December 1751; Died: Vienna, Austria, after 1817) Austrian Carmelite monk.

Successively held instructing positions at Linz, Austria (1777), Prague (1780-87), Kommotau and Vienna. He became director of studies at the Gymnasium of Zamość in Poland, 1804-10. He spent his last years in Vienna.

Biographical references: DBA: I 1403, 367-374; II 1439, 413. Hamberger & Meusel, Gelehrte Teutschland, 1796-1834. Poggendorff: 2, col. 1397. WBI. Wurzbach, Biographisches Lexikon Österreich, 1856-91.

Handlexikon, 1804

1. German, 1804 [First edition].
Mineralogisches | Handlexikon, | oder | alaphabetische Aufstellung und Bescreibung | aller bisher bekannten Fossilien, nach ihrer alten und | neuen Nomenclatur und Charakteristik, ihrem geognosti= | schen Vorkommen und ökonomisch=technischen Gebran= | che, sammt der in die Ordnung des Alphabets einge= | stik gehörigen Kunstwörter. | [tapered rule] | Anfängern, Leibhabern und Sammlern | zum bequemen Gebrauche aus den besten und neuesten | Schriften zusammengetragen | vom | Professor Jos. Red. Zappe. | [tapered rule] | [tapered rule] | Wien, 1804. | Im Verlags bey Anton Doll.

8°: [i]-xvi, [1]-586 (i.e., 568), [4] p.

Very scarce. First printing of an important mineralogical dictionary containing everything one might want to know about minerals in 1804. The entries which are alphabetically arranged include listings for all recognized mineral species, which include listings of the various nomenclatures, characteristics, localities, economic and physical properties, associations, chemistry, and uses. The work was written for the intended audience of the beginning mineralogist, collector, knowledgeable amateur, expert, or miner, and consequently contains a great deal of information from scattered sources.

Bibliographical references: BL [726.f.22.]. LKG: VIII 14. NUC: 681, 626. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 2375.

2. German, 1817 [2nd edition].
Mineralogisches | Hand = Lexicon. | Oder: | Alphabetische | Aufstellung und Beschreibung | aller bisher bekannten | Fossilien, | nach ihrer | alten und neuen Nomenklatur und Charakteristik, nach ihrem geogno- | stischen Vorkommen und technisch = ökonomischen Gebrauche, sammt der | in die Ordnung des Alphabets eingeschalteten Kennzeichenlehre und vielen | aus der Chemie und Bergmannssprache ausgehobenen nöthigen | und nüßlichen und gequemen Gebrauche verfasset, | von | Joseph Redemt Zappe, | [...2 lines of title and memberships...] | [ornate rule] | Zweyte, verbesserte; vermehrte und ganz neu verfaßte Auflage. | Erster Band. | [ornate rule] | Wien 1817, | bey Carl Ferdinand Beck.

3 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: A-Gg8; 240l.; [1]-480 p. [Vol 2] 8°: A-U8 X4 Y1; 165l.; [1]-329, [1] p. [Vol 3] 8°: A-U8 X4; 164l.; [1]-327, [1] p. Page size: 215 x 136 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [1-2], Title page, verso blank.; [3]-8, "Vorrede"-dated January 1817.; [9]-480, Text.

[Vol 2] [1-2], Title page, verso blank.; [3]-329, Text.

[Vol 3] [1-2], Title page, verso blank.; [3]-322, Text.; [323]-327, Errata.; [1 pg], Publisher's list.

Very scarce. This very much expanded second edition of Zappe's Hand-Lexicon, follows the format of the 1804 printing. However, due to the expansion of the knowledge of minerals during the early nineteenth century, the text is considerably longer, with the inclusions of many new entries. These entries were obtained by the author by searching comprehensively the old and new literature, including textbooks and periodical publications in search of mineralogical nuggets. Zappe has also expanded upon the nomenclature of the species listed, providing historical citations and information regarding the older minerals.

Bibliographical references: BL [no copy listed]. BMC: 5, 2382. NUC: 681, 626. Partsch, Katalog der Bibliothek, 1851: no. 139.

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