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Christian Leopold von Buch
BUCH, Christian Leopold von.

BUCH, Christian Leopold von.
(1774 - 1853)

(Born: Stolpe, Germany, 25/26 April 1774; Died: Berlin, Germany, 4 March 1853) German geologist & mineralogist.

Born into the priviledged life of the aristcracy, Buch ...

Biographical references: ADB: 3, 464. Barr, Index to Biographical Fragments, 1973: 38. Catalogue of Portraits of Naturalists: 233 [2 portraits listed]. Cleevely, World PalŠontological Collections, 1983: 71. DBA: I 155, 36-37; II 190, 396-402. Drugulin, Sechstausend Portraits, 1863: nos. 713-5. DSB: 2, 552-7 [by W. Nieuwenkamp]. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition. ISIS, 1913-65: 1, 202. Lambrecht & Quenstedt, Catalogus, 1938: 65. NDB: 2, 697 [by W. Quenstedt]. Poggendorff: 1, cols. 324-6. Sarjeant, Geologists, 1980: 2, 645-7 & Suppl. 1 (1986), 1, 317-8. WBI. World Who's Who in Science: 1731.

1. German, 1794.
Beobachtungen uber den Kreuzstein. Leipzig, 1794.

8░: Rare.

Bibliographical references: LKG: XVI 326.

2. German, 1797.
Versuch | einer | mineralogischen Beschreibung | von Landeck. | [map] | Von | Leopold von Buch | [tapered rule] | Breslau, Hirschberg und Lissa, in SŘdpreussen. 1797. | bei Johann Friedrich Korn, dem Altern. | Der Buchladen in Breslau ist auf dem grossen Ringe neben dem k÷nigl. Ober-Zoll.- | und Aceis-Arnt [last words of title difficult to read on copy examined].

8░: [4], [1]-52 p.

Contents: [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs], Preface.; [1], Sectional title page.; [2], Blank.; [3]-38, Text.; [39], "Anmerkungen."; [40], Blank.; [41]-51, Text of Anmerkungen.; [52], "Anhang."

Rare. Also contained in Buch's Gesammelte Schriften (2 vols., Berlin, 1867, 1, 38-72 & map 1).

Bibliographical references: Fleszarowa, Bibliografia Geologiczna Polski, 1966: no. 349. Hoover Collection: no. 189. LKG: XIV 308. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 179.

Mineralogical Description, 1810

3. English, 1810 [English transl.].
A | Mineralogical Description | Of The | Environs | Of | Landeck, | In The County Of Glatz. | With A Mineralogical Map. | By | Leopold Von Buch. | [double rule] | Translated From The French, | With Notes, | By Charles Anderson, M.D. | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [tapered rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed For | Archibald Constable & Co. Edin. | And Constable, Hunter, Park And Hunter, | London. | [rule] | 1810.

8░: π7 A-H8 I6; 77l.; [iii]-xvi, [i]-v, [1], [7]-140 p., one folding colored map, "Mineralogical | Map | Of the County of | Glatz", engraved by Wm. Davison.

Contents: [iii-iv], Title page, verso "Printed by Ad. Neill & Co. | ..."; [v], Dedication to Robert Jameson, dated 1 February 1810.; [vi], Blank.; [vii]-viii, "Contents."; ix-xvi, "Translator's Preface."; [i]-v, "Advertisement | Prefixed to the | French Translation."; [1 pg], Blank.; [7]-12, "The | Author's Preface."; [13], Blank.; [14]-136, Text.; 137-140, "Works Published By | Archibald Constable & Co., Edinburgh, | ..."

Very scarce. Translation by Charles Anderson from Versuch einer mineralogischen Beschreibung von Landeck (Breslau, 1797), with additional notes added by the translator who was a staunch supporter of Werner.

Charles Anderson. (Born:      ; Died:      ) Scottish geologist & physician. Anderson was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and a member of the Wernerian Society of Edinburgh.

Bibliographical references: Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 179. (Anderson)

4. French, 18---- [French transl.].
FRENCH TRANSLATION OF Versuch einer mineralogischen Beschreibung von Landeck

8░: ?? Rare.

Bibliographical references: Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 179.

5. German, 1802-9.
Geognostische Beobachtungen | auf | Reisen | durch | Deutschland und Italien | angestellt | von | Leopold von Buch | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | [rule] | Erster Band | [rule] | Mit Kupfer und Charter. | [tapered rule] | Berlin | bei Haude und Spener | 1802.

2 vols. [Vol 1: 1802] 8░: [i]-xxii, [2], [1]-320 p., one folded handcoloured mineralogical map of Schlesien and 2 plates. [Vol 2: 1809] 8░: [2], [1]-318 p., frontispiece, 5 plates. In some copies of the second volume there is an added title page, "Mit einem Anhange von mineralogischen Briefen aus Auvergne an den geh. ober-bergrath Karsten von demselben Verfasser."

Contents: [Vol 1] [Frontispiece: folding map of Schleisien].; [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii], Dedication to Abraham Gottlob Werner.; [iv], Blank.; v-vi, Text of dediction.; [vii]-xvii, "Inhalt."; [2 pgs], "Druckfehler."; [1]-320, Text.; [At end], 2 charts.

[Vol 2] [Frontispiece: scenic geological view].; [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [1], "Inhalt."; [2], Blank.; [3]-311, Text.; [312]-318, "H÷henmessungen."; [1 pg], "Druckfehler."; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], 5 plates showing cross-sections and maps.

Rare. Work of this eminent german geologist including the first geological map of Schlesien from the year 1797 with 10 different colours depicting the "Riesen-Gebirge" near Breslau now in Poland, but also dealing with the mineralogy and geology of the "Salzkammergut" near Berchtesgaden and Salzburger Land. The second volume begins as a mineralogical letter from Leopold von Buch to K.G.L. Karsten, and it deals with the Monte Albano and Puy de D˘me. The illustrations and maps of the Puy de D˘me near Clermont-Ferrand are especially of interest.

Bibliographical references: LKG: XIV 519. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 179.

6. German, 1810.
Reise durch Norwegen | und | Lappland. | [tapered rule] | von | Leopold von Buch | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | [rectangular map] | Erster Theil | [tapered rule] | Berlin | bei G.C. Nauck. | 1810.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 8░: [i]-x, [1]-486 p., engraved title page. [Vol 2] 8░: [i]-vi, [1]-406, [2] p., engraved title page, 3 folding maps.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-vi, "Vorrede."; [vii]-x, Contents.; [1], Sectional title page, "Reise | Nach | dem hohen Norden."; [2], Blank.; [3]-486, Text.; [At end], One folding map.

[Vol 2] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-vi, "Zweyter Theil | Inhalt."; [1], Sectional title page, "Reise | nach dem hohen Norden."; [2], Blank.; [3]-400, Text.; 401-406, "Anhang."; [2 pgs], Errata.; [At end], 2 maps (one folding).

Very scarce. Von Buch traveled for two years 1806-1808, in Scandinavia and Lapland. This publish account of the travels added considerable information about these regions, especially in the areas of climatology, mineralogy and geology.

Bibliographical references: Adams, Birth and Development, 1938: 234-35. Geikie, Founders of Geology, 1905: p. 250-51. LKG: XIV 715. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 179. Woodward, History of Geology, 1911: 60. Zittel, History of Geology, 1901: p. 62.

7. English, 1813 [English transl.].
Travels | Through | Norway And Lapland, | During The Years 1806, 1807, And 1808, | By | Leopold Von Buch, | Member Of The Royal Academy Of Sciences At Berlin. | Translated From The Original German | By | John Black. | With Notes And Illustrations, Chiefly Mineralogical, | And Some Account Of The Author, | By | Robert Jameson, F.R.S.E.; F.L.S. &c. | Professor Of Natural History In The University Of Edinburgh. | [double rule] | Illustrated with Maps and Physical Sections. | [double rule] | London: | Printed For Henry Colburn, | British And Foreign Public Library, Conduit-Street, Hanover-Square; | And Sold By George Goldie, Edinburgh; And | Jomn Cumming, Dublin. | [rule] | 1813.

4░: [i]-xviii, [1]-460 (i.e., 440), [6] p., frontispiece (geological cross section), one folding map (p. 311). Irregular pagination: last page labeled 460 but is 440 by count.

Contents: [Frontispiece].; [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-xi, "Translator's Preface."; [xii], Blank.; [xiii]-xiv, "Author's Preface."; [xv]-xviii, "Contents."; [1]-460 (i.e., 440), Text.; [6 pgs], "Appendix."

Very scarce. Translation by John Black of Reise durch Norwegen und Lappland (Berlin, 1810). To this is added additional information by Robert Jameson on the mineralogical descriptions and biographical details of von Buch.

John Black. (Born:      ; Died:      ) English translator. Need Biography.

Bibliographical references: NUC [NB ?????????]. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 179. (Black)

8. Italian, 1817 [Italian transl.].
Viaggio in Norvegia, ed in Lapponia fatto negli anni 1806, 1807, e 1808. Preceduto da un'introduzione del sig. A. di Humboldt. Tradotto e corredato di note dal Conte Cav. Luigi Bossi. Con tavole in rame colorate. Milano, dalla Tipografia Sonzogno e Comp., 1817.

4 vols. [Vol 1] 16░: xxxvi, 219, [1] p. [Vol 2] 16░: 287 p. [Vol 3] 16░: 257, [1] p. [Vol 4] 16░: 255, [1] p. Page size: 182 x 112 mm.

Rare. Brossura editoriale rosa pallido con titolo e piccolo mappamondo inciso entro bordure ornate alle brossure anteriori e, a quelle posteriori, xilografie con figure di velieri, sempre entro bordure ornate. Complessive 18 tavole incise su rame f.t. dal Dall'Acqua, molte delle quali in bella coloritura acquerellata coeva del Lazaretti, raffiguranti vedute, profili orografici, animali e costumi della Scandinavia. In barbe, in ottimo stato conservativo, con solo qualche rara fioritura. Tomi XXXV-XXXVIII della "Raccolta di viaggi dopo quelli di Cook eseguiti tanto per mare quanto per terra, e non pubblicati fin ora in lingua italiana", comprendenti la prima traduzione italiana, dovuta a Luigi Bossi e da lui stesso annotata, di questa significativa relazione di viaggio in Scandinavia del geologo tedesco Christian Leopold Von Buch, Reise durch Norwegen und Lappland (Berlin, bey G. C. Nauck, 1810). Il Buch (Stolpe, Pomerania, 1774-Berlino, 1853), stimato geologo tedesco, dopo aver visitato la Boemia, la Turingia, la Slesia, l'Italia e la Francia, nel biennio 1806-1808 condusse esplorazioni geologiche in Lapponia e in Scandinavia, traendone per il materiale per il presente volume.

Brunet, II, 1367. Poggendorff, I, 325. Engelmann, 709. Bruun, III 843. Henze, I 384. Norman Library, 364. Schi÷tz, 158. Chavanne, 3147. Griep/Luber, I, 190. Dinse, 376. Dictionary of Scientific Biography, II, 555. Roller/Goodman, I, 179. Sul Buch, Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, III 468.

Bibliographical references: Brunet: 2, 1367. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: p. 363.

9. German, 1867-85 [Collected works].
Leopold von Buch's | Gesammelte Schriften | [rule] | Herausgegeben | von | J. Ewald, J. Roth und H. Eck. | Erster Band. | Mit Dreizehn Tafeln. | [ornate rule] | Berlin, | Druck Und Verlag Von Georg Reimer. | 1867.

4 vols. [Vol 1: 1867] 8░: [i]-lii, [1]-739, [1] p., 13 plates. [Vol 2: 1870] 8░: [i]-vii, [1], [1]-783 p., 8 plates. [Vol 3: 1877] 8░: [i]-vii, [1], [1]-714 p., 25 plates. [Vol 4, part 1: 1885] 8░: [i]-xii, [1]-512 p., plates I-XXIX. [Vol 4, part 2: 1885] 8░: [4], [513]-1058 p., plates XXX-LXVI.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii-iv], "Vorrede."; [v]-xlviii, "Leopoldvon Buch's Leben und Wirken | bis zum Jahre 1806."; [xlix]-lii, "Inhaltsverzeichniss."; [1], Sectional title page, "L. von Buch's | gesammelte Schriften."; [2], Blank.; [3]-739, Text.; [1 pg], "Verbesserungen."

[Vol 2] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-iv, "Vorrede."; [v]-vii, "Inhaltsverzeichniss."; [1 pg], "Verbesserungen."; [1], Sectional title page, "L. von Buch's | gesammelte Schriften | Zweiter Band."; [2], Blank.; [3]-783, Text.

[Vol 3] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-iv, "Vorrede."; [v]-vii, "Inhaltsverzeichniss."; [1 pg], "Verbesserungen."; [1], Sectional title page, "L. von Buch's | gesammelte Schriften | Dritter Band."; [2], Blank.; [3]-714, Text.

[Vol 4, part 1] [i-ii], Title page contained in ruled box, verso blank.; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-vi, "Vorrede."; [vii]-xii, "Inhaltsverzeichniss."; [1], Sectional title page, "L. von Buch's | gesammelte Schriften | Vierter Band."; [2], Blank.; [3]-512, Text.

[Vol 4, part 2] [2 pgs], Series title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [513]-1058, Text.

Rare. The collected writings of von Buch published over the course of 17 years and after his death.

Bibliographical references: NUC [NB ????????]. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 179.

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