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Matthias Joseph Anker
ANKER, Matthias Joseph.

ANKER, Matthias Joseph.
(1772 - 1843)

(Born: Graz, Austria, 1 May 1772; Died: Graz, Austria, 3 April 1843) Austrian mineralogist.

Anker was educated in music, natural science and medicine. He became a surgeon in Stainz, and was in 1807 appointed district surgeon in Graz, Austria, 1807. There he became associated in 1811 with Freidrich Mohs of the Johanneum. Subsequently, Anker was appointed professor of mineralogy and custodian of the mineral cabinet at Johanneum. The mineral "Ankerite" was named in his honor by W. Haidinger in 1825.

Biographical references: ADB. DBA: I 27, 11-17; II 33, 205-209. Hamberger & Meusel, Gelehrte Teutschland, 1796-1834. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon, 1884-8. Lambrecht & Quenstedt, Catalogus, 1938: 9. NDB: 1, 298 [by E. Krajicek]. Österreich Biographisches Lexikon. Poggendorff: 1, col. 49. WBI. World Who's Who in Science: 54. Wurzbach, Biographisches Lexikon Österreich, 1856-91.

Kurze Darstellung, 1809

1. German, 1809.
Kurze Darstellung | einer | Mineralogie | von | Steyermark, | oder | systematische Aufzählung steyermärkischer | Fossilien mit Angabe ihrer Fundörter, und | ihrer technologisch - ökonomischen | Nutz- | barkeit | von | Mathias Joseph Anker, | chyrurgischem Kreis-Physicus in Grätz. | [ornament] | [tapered rule] | Grätz 1809, | Im Verlage bey Franz Ferstl.

8°: π8 )(2 A-E8; 50l.; [i]-xix, [1], [1]-79, [1] p. Page size: 180 x 110 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii], Dedication to Lyceum in Grätz.; [iv], Blank.; [v]-xiv, "Geschichtliche Einleitung."-dated April 1808.; xv-xix, "Alphabetisches Inhalts-Verzeichniss | der in diesem Bändchen vorkommenden Mi- | neraliem."; [1 pg], "Vorzügliche Druckfehler."; [1]-79, Text.; [1 pg], "Gedruckt mit Tanzer'schen Schriften."

Very scarce. The text begins with an historical perspective of mineralogical studies in the Steyermark. Listed then are the various mineral species found in the region arranged in a classification scheme, together with their physical properties and locality information.

Bibliographical references: BL. LKG: XIV 263. NUC: 17, 212.

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