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Ludwig August Emmerling
EMMERLING, Ludwig August.

EMMERLING, Ludwig August.
(1765 - 1841)

(Born: Elleben near Arnstadt, Schwarzberg, Sondershasen, Germany, 7 May 1765; Died: Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany, 24 December 1841) German mineralogist.

Emmerling was first a docent then a professor of mineralogy and mining science at the University of Giessen. He was an advisor to the state of Giessen on mining matters before being made in 1821, the overseeor of mining in Darmstadt.

Biographical references: ADB: 6, 87. DBA: I 280, 306-315; II 327, 125-126. Ferchl: 142. Hamberger & Meusel, Gelehrte Teutschland, 1796-1834. Poggendorff: 1, cols. 663 & 1561. Sarjeant, Geologists, 1980: 2, 957. WBI.

1. German, 1793-7 [First edition].
Lehrbuch | der | Mineralogie | [rule] | entworfen | von | Ludwig August Emmerling, | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | [ornate rule] | Quae praesenti opusculo defunt, suppleat aetas. | Quintilian. | [rule] | Erster [-Dritter] Theil. | [rule] | [double rule] | Giessen | bey Georg Friedrich Heyer | 1793.

3 vols. [Vol 1: 1793] 8°: a-b8 A-Oo8; 312l; [i]-xxxii, [1]-589, [3] p. [Vol 2: 1796] 8°: )(4 A-Oo8 χ4; 303l.; [2], [i]-vi, [1]-592, [8] p. [Vol 3: 1797] 8°: )(4 A-Ll8; 275l.; [i]-viii, [1]-535, [7] p.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii-iv], Dedication to Ludwig X.; [v]-xxxii, "Vorrede."; [1], Sectional title page, "Erste Klasse | Erd- und Steinarten= | Geschlechter."; [2], Blank.; [3]-576, Text.; 576-589, "Anhang."; [1 pg], "Druckfehler."; [2 pgs], Publisher's list.

[Vol 2] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [i]-vi, "Vorrede."; [1], Sectional title page, "Zweite Klasse | Salz-Geschlechte."; [2], Blank.; [3]-592, Text.; [6 pgs], "Druckfehler."; [2 pgs], Publisher's list.

[Vol 3] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-viii, "Vorrede."; [1], Sectional title page, "Von den | Gebirgsarten."; [2], Blank.; [3]-510, Text.; 511-535, "Register."; [7 pgs], "Druckfehler."

Rare. First edition of Emmerling's Textbook of Mineralogy, which closely follows Werner's theories.

Bibliographical references: BL [987.g.26.-28.]. Dana's 7th (Bibliography): 70. Gatterer, Mineralogischen Literatur, 1798-9: 1, 29-30. LKG: XII 133. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 361.

Lehrbuch der Mineralogie, 1799

2. German, 1799-1802 [2nd edition].
Lehrbuch | Der | Mineralogie | [tapered rule] | entworfen | von | Ludwig August Emmerling, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [rule] | Que praesenti opusculo desunt, supplcat aetns. | Quintilian. | [rule] | Ersten Theils erster [-zwetier] Band. | [rule] | Zweite, ganz umgearbeitete, durchaus vermehrte | und verbesserte Auflage. | [ornate rule] | Giessen 1799. [-1802.] | bei Georg Friedrich Heyer.

2 parts in 2 vols. [Vol 1: 1799] 8°: [i]-xlvi, [2], [1]-499, [3] p. [Vol 2: 1802] 8°: [i]-xxx, [1]-928 p. Page size: 186 x 110 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii-iv], Dedication.; [v]-xlii, "Vorrede | zur Ersten Auflage."-signed Emmerling, 3 April 1793.; [xliii]-xlvi, "Vorrede | zur zweiten Auflage."-signed Emmerling, 25 July 1799.; [1 pg], Sectional title page, "Allgemeine Grundsätze | der | Oryktognostischen | Klassifikation."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-499, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.; [2 pgs], "Berichtigungen."

[Vol 2] [i-ii], Title page, verso "Die Wahrheit ist kein nahes Ziel."; [iii], Dedication.; [iv], Blank.; [v]-xxx, "Vorrede."; [1]-928, Text.

Very scarce. Enlarged edition, correcting many mistakes published in the first edition. The author basically supports Werner's mineralogical theories, but has modified and added to the descriptions of the chemical composition of minerals. These revisions came about principally because of Klaproth's discoveries in the chemical makeup of minerals.

The Introduction covers topics on the philosophy of mineral classification, the nomenclature of mineral names, and a system of external characteristics. The classification is then presented in a tabular overview followed by the descriptive mineralogy.

Bibliographical references: BL [973.c.14.]. Dana's 7th (Bibliography): 70. Edinburgh Review: 3, 285-7. LKG: XII 133.

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